Investigate the origins, organization and functions of living systems
Through coursework, research and internships, our majors develop skills for careers in basic and applied research, education, health sciences, environmental sciences, science policy, government, business and the nonprofit sector. Alumni of our graduate programs assume leading positions in academia, government and private industry.
Possible career paths for biology majors include:
- Wetlands biologist
- Environmental consultant
- Fishery observer
- Health communications specialist
- Laboratory researcher
- Science writer
Our outreach and partnerships
Our partnerships — across the UW and beyond — provide our students with internship opportunities with medical facilities, biotech companies, environmental organizations, and local, state, and federal government agencies. These collaborations connect the natural and social sciences with engineering, medicine, law and business. Recent internships include placements at the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Find Yourself in Biology
Contribute to our fundamental understanding of the natural world from the molecular to the ecosystem level.
Department of Biology Stories
During her time at the UW, Ava Kloss-Schmidt (BS, Biology, 2022) has surrounded herself with plants — in a lab, in a greenhouse, and on mountaintops.
Biology PhD student Ashely Paynter has created a podcast/organization that reflects her interests in science and activism.