We specialize in the Student to Scientist Transition

Students in our Biology Program 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 about the Biology Department's Mission and Vision.

  • All Biology students participate in Undergraduate research
  • We host a charter of the national biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta 
  • You begin relevant course work and are in the labs from your first semester 
  • Our independent research students have 24-hour access to labs 
  • The biology major can be customized to prepare you for careers or medical/graduate school in a variety of disciplines including medicine, veterinary, biotechnology, ecology, and teaching.
  • Compassionate and accomplished faculty
  • Low student to faculty ratios
  • Nationally recognized by the Bachelor's Degree Center for our tuition cost, alumni salary and student satisfaction.  
  • Opportunities for experience out of the classroom through internships, field trips, and community outreach.  

Contact us

David Christensen
Chair - Biology Department
Wilson Hall, W-220-C

Fall 2022 Events

Date and Time Event Location 

Friday, Oct 21st
12:30 pm

Seminar Series: Steve McCormick, PhD
Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center 
The physiology of anadromy: How and why salmon move between rivers and oceans

Room TBA/Zoom

Friday, Nov 4th
12:30 pm

Seminar Series: Aramati Casper, PhD
Colorado State University 
Biology is non-binary: Uniquing current norms and norming diversity