Biological Sciences

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