The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University encompasses a variety of disciplines that involve the study of living matter in all of its wonderfully diverse forms.

Our department mission is to promote:

  • Effective service and public outreach.
  • Scientific research and discovery by its faculty and students.
  • The education and engagement of students in the biological sciences.

Our goal is that our faculty and students are:

  • Active and engaged in the pursuit and dissemination of biological knowledge.
  • Productive and informed participants in the community.

Our faculty promote student success and critical thinking, with the goal that our students are recognized for their skills and ability to understand and communicate the significance of biological concepts, techniques and applications.


Assessment of our programs takes the form of how effectively we meet our intended student learning outcomes, and how we use this information to improve the design and implementation of our curricula and departmental infrastructure. We view assessment as a continual process of program design based on a clear mission with implementable goals, objectives and student learning outcomes.

Why should you study at WMU?

These are some of the compelling reasons to study at WMU:

  • WMU has recently been ranked in the highest category of research institutions by the Carnegie Foundation, along with Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.
  • WMU has recently been rated as one of the nation’s 90 best public universities by U.S. News & World Report, and among America’s 100 best college buys.
  • The Department of Biological Sciences has an energetic faculty with a very high rate of external funding.