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The Department of Biological Sciences offers three majors and one minor. Each major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree:

For complete description of all courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, please see UMW Course Catalog, Biology


Read some of our student success stories here.



April is an exciting time for graduating seniors! From job offers to graduate school admission, post-UMW opportunities are shaping up. Biology major Katie Warlick is headed to the University of Rhode Island for a Master’s degree program in College Student Personnel. Her long-term goal is to earn a Ph.D. in neurobiology and become a college professor. “The professors in the Biology Department have been such a monumental and influential part of my undergraduate experience and are the reason I’m pursing an advanced degree. I want to make an impact on undergraduates the way this department has positively impacted me and my education,”…READ MORE.


Biology major Julia Gasink is rolling up her sleeves as UMW’s first Virginia Conservation Fellow. The Virginia Conservation Fellows program is designed to encourage students from underrepresented populations to establish careers with nonprofit conservation organizations. More than an internship, this program comes with a stipend and is designed to thoroughly immerse students in their sponsoring organization’s operations to jump-start their professional development. Julia, who is also pursuing University Honors and a GIS certificate, is currently working for the Northern Virginia Conservation TrustREAD MORE.


To keep up with department news and events, students should self-enroll in the department’s Canvas site:

Department Newsletter

You can send comments and suggestions for the next issue of the newsletter by sending an email to Professor Dianne Baker.