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Students interested in careers in biology can begin their education in affordable, small classes at Edmonds College.  Our students can complete an associate degree in biology and transfer to 4-year accredited universities and colleges within Washington as well as nationwide to continue earning their bachelors degree. 

Please discuss with a biology advisor specializing in biology careers (Gwen Shlichta or Jonathan Miller) or the Edmonds College advising department to create an academic plan and transfer requirements for schools. Additional information about advising can be found on the advising biology majors page.

Undergraduate Research

Students have an opportunity to actively engage in research in the biology department at Edmonds College as part of the curriculum in several of our biology classes.  Many of our biology faculty have published research papers, received grants, and engaged in research in a variety of fields including ecology, microbiology, immunology, endocrinology, animal reproduction, and nutrition.

Butterfly Research Lab on Global Climate Change

Student working with butterflies

Students in BIOL& 212 and BIOL& 213 use the cabbage white butterfly as a model system to study global climate change. In these courses, students are introduced to biological research on an important topic of global climate change.  This addition to our curriculum allows freshman and sophomore students to participate in relevant, hands-on research in the classroom with experienced faculty in this field of ecology research. We are preparing students with this early exposure to research to continue their biology careers with the necessary tools to explore biological issues and prepare for transferring to a larger university.

Bacillus subtilisMicrobiology Research

Students in BIOL& 260 also engage in curriculum-based undergraduate research as part of their analysis of unknown microorganisms collected from different locations in the area.  Students classify the unknown microorganisms using a variety of experimental methods including PCR to obtain DNA to sequence a portion of the genome of the unidentified species.

Undergraduate Research in Biology (BIOL 293)


Students can also expand their research skills and knowledge by enrolling in an undergraduate research in biology course in the spring quarter.  In this course, students work on projects under the guidance of a biology faculty member as part of a 3 credit lab class that qualifies as an elective credit in the Biology and Pre-nursing DTA.

Special Topics in Biology (BIOL 155 and BIOL 255)

Not only are students participating in dynamic research projects at Edmonds College, but we also offer a 1 credit course over special topics related to modern biology in society where students explore the relevant scientific literature and critically discuss emerging biological research.  Students in these classes will focus on a theme such as vaccine development, climate change, pandemics or other topics with the guidance of our faculty.

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Bee Club

Edmonds College students can participate in bee club.  The Edmonds College Bee Club raises honey bees at the Campus Farm, where they help to pollinate our plants. Each year in fall, if the bees have been productive, the honey is collected and sold on campus.  Gwen Schlichta (Biology Faculty) and Mary Whitfield (Chemistry faculty) are faculty advisors for the Bee Club.  Learn more about Bee Club and other clubs at Edmonds College at the clubs and organizations page.