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Biological Sciences

As one of the natural science departments in GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, biological sciences explores the science of life, from biomolecules to ecosystems. Faculty members are engaged in research on campus and around the world, regularly collaborating with other leading researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Related majors are geology and anthropology. Students may select a minor in any other department or program.

What can I expect to learn in the Biological Sciences program at GW?

GW’s biological sciences program equips students with knowledge about a broad range of biological topics, including molecular biology, ecology, evolution and taxonomy. Students graduate with an understanding of the complex structure of the living world at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystemic levels.

What is the Biological Sciences community like at GW?

One of the most popular undergraduate majors in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the biological sciences program attracts students with a variety of interests in the life sciences, including the medical, dentistry and veterinary fields. Many majors are active in the University’s Premedical Society.

What can I do in the Biological Sciences field?

Many students majoring in biology go on to medical, dental or veterinary schools. Some continue in graduate programs in biology. Others find employment in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries or in government.

Working in the Field

Students—who may participate in research internships in the fields of evolution, molecular biology, and ecology and evolution—are at work extracting dinosaur fossils in Mongolia.

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