Division of Biological Sciences
Welcome to the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree provides students with a foundation that will enable them to pursue careers or graduate study in medicine, dentistry, health professions, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, ecology, biology, and biology education.
The curriculum combines theory with hands-on experience that draws on the University of Washington Bothell’s strengths: small classes; strong faculty-student mentorship; integrative, problem-based teaching approaches; and research and internship opportunities outside the classroom.
Have questions? Contact the Biology Advisor!
Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing a degree in Biology at the University of Washington Bothell will be able to demonstrate and articulate mastery in the following areas.
Biological concepts and content
- The processes that drive evolutionary change and diversification, and the meaning and relevance of shared ancestry among all living organisms
- The mechanisms of transmission and storage of information that allow organisms to develop, adjust to changing conditions, and evolve over time
- Transformations of energy and matter between inorganic and organic states, within and between organisms, and through ecosystems
- The relationship between structure and function, from the level of molecules through organisms to biological communities
- The interconnected and interacting nature of biological systems, from gene expression to ecosystem function
Intellectual and technical skills
- Formulate questions based on observations, generate hypotheses, and design appropriate tests of those hypotheses
- Understand, evaluate, and generate graphical representations of data
- Analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions from statistical tests
- Use mathematical and computational tools to describe biological systems
- Effectively access, critically evaluate, and use scientific literature; assess claims made in popular media
- Apply technical skills gained during research, such as laboratory, field, or modeling skills
- Reflect on and express the strengths and limitations of science as a way of understanding our universe
Communication and collaboration
- Clearly communicate scientific concepts and findings to both general and technical audiences
- Bring and express a scientific perspective to issues of general concern, including political, social, and ethical dimensions of life and society
- Collaborate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, skills, and worldviews