The Department of Biology encompasses areas ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem ecology, providing an outstanding learning environment that integrates education, scholarship, and service to actively engage students in the biological sciences and foster their development as lifelong learners.
The Department of Environmental Sciences in the College of the Environment trains students through academic and practical experiences to address environmental challenges, advances the state of knowledge in the environmental sciences, and engages locally, regionally, and globally to enhance scientific awareness and support for science-based policy.
The Department of Geology offers the highest possible quality education in the geological sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels, creating excitement about discovery and the process of geologic inquiry. Departmental programs aim to develop in all students an appreciation of how geological processes affect the earth and society so that they will be environmentally responsible, scientifically literate citizens.
The Chemistry Department is recognized as having one of the strongest undergraduate-based research programs in the nation. Students are immersed in an environment emphasizing strong interdisciplinary scientific preparation and receive hands-on experience with advanced chemical and biochemical methods in state-of-the-art facilities. The program draws top students from across Washington and the country.
Shannon Point Marine Center
The Shannon Point Marine Center is an interdisciplinary center for research and education that seeks to increase understanding of complex coastal and marine systems by integrating research with student-centered, immersive education, with a continuing commitment to diversity and mentoring.
A one-hour drive from Bellingham, in Anacortes, this 78-acre coastal research center is covered mostly by forest and bordered by 3,000 feet of undisturbed beachfront. The Center is a perfect learning environment, ideal for students studying marine sciences, with easy access to a variety of marine habitats, sophisticated laboratories, and a fleet of research vessels.
Salish Sea Institute
The Salish Sea Institute aims to strengthen a sense of place, increase knowledge and understanding, foster respect for history and culture, and lead to actions that serve to restore and protect the health of the Salish Sea.