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Biology Department

We specialize in the Student to Scientist Transition

Students in our Biology major have a distinct advantage by choosing Westfield State. They are mentored throughout their education by hands-on faculty who are experts in many biology disciplines and can guide students in the direction of their curiosity and ambition.

All of our biology students are involved in undergraduate research, which gives them a distinct advantage in graduate school and careers. Students publish and present at conferences and are active on campus through the biology club, and professional development events where they meet biology alumni. We have state of the art labs, work spaces between the labs and faculty offices to encourage communication, and wheels on the tables and chairs to further encourage collaboration! Learn more about the Biology Department.

What makes us great

  • Undergraduate research is a requirement
  • We're members of the national biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta
  • You begin relevant course work and are in the labs from your first semester
  • We encourage you to plunge right in and “get your hands dirty”
  • Our independent research students have 24 hour access to labs

Department Spotlight


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Our Students

Undergraduate Enrollment

Graduate Enrollment

Department Announcements

November 1, 2018

Dr. Robin White
Assistant Professor, 

Biology Department, WSU
"The Brain on a HIgh Fat Diet:  The Effects of a Ketogenic Diet on Brain Cells"
Location: Loughman Living Room
Date: November 1st
Time: 5:30 p.m.
(Note this is a talk through WAMDA and there is a price for admission)
View  Event Flyer

November 27, 2018

Ken Sprankle (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Ken will be speaking about the conservation of diadromous fishes in the Connecticut River Watershed.
Location: Wilson 225
Date: November 27th
Time: 12:45 p.m.

December 3, 2018

Dr. Vanessa Melanson, PhD
Captain, US Army

Dr. Melanson will share her experience working for USAMRIID with Ebola in a Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory (BSL4)
Location: Wilson 221
Date: Deccember 3rd
Time: 1 p.m.

Student Resources

Degree Requirements

Common core and major requirements

Student Portfolios

Requirements for your portfolio

Career Opportunities

Learn why you should earn a degree in Biology

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge, skills, and communication

Student Handbook

Useful info as you complete your Biology degree

Wilson Greenhouses

Photo gallery

Working Alone Information

Independent study procedures


Biology Curriculum Committee

Member list and additional info

Laboratory Safety


Here are just a few career occupations that our recent graduates have entered. View a complete list of career opportunities.

  • Microbiology
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Nursing
  • Fish & Wildlife Ecologist
  • Pharmacy
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Physician's Assistant

Clubs & Organizations