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Science Careers Start Here

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Whether you go on to graduate school or start a career, our undergraduate degree programs prepare you to be a leader in human and animal science, health, and medicine.

Biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, microbiology, and neuroscience majors provide the pre-health education to succeed in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine professional programs.

Degree programs

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Biochemistry students study life on the molecular level, using approaches from chemistry, physics, and biology.

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Genetics and Cell Biology

Genetics and cell biology students study the science of heredity and the structure and function of living cells.

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Microbiology is the study of organisms and viruses too small to be seen by the unaided eye.



Neuroscience is a cross-disciplinary major centered on the study of the brain and the nervous system.

Joey wearing his marching band uniform and holding clash cymbals with arms outstretched.

When I came to WSU I didn’t know I wanted to be a human doctor, but like every undergraduate student, I knew I wanted to do more and WSU is a research school. I’ve always liked learning about how research works, and I knew I wanted to work in a lab right away.

Joseph McDonald, microbiology ( 22) worked in a lab every year while attending WSU

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Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies

  • Earn an Bachelor of Science in as little as 3 years.
  • Earn an accelerated PhD degree in as little as 7 years.

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Are you an undergraduate passionate about research abroad?

WSU’s Research Immersion in Nairobi program is an annual six-week study-abroad program to Nairobi, Kenya, providing research opportunities. For more information about the program or to apply, contact Phil Mixter at pmixter@wsu.edu and visit WSU International Programs website.

Research opportunities

Our undergraduates have opportunities to work in research labs with leading faculty beginning their very first year.

I am thankful I had the opportunity to get involved in research during my first year. That experience helped me to more easily grasp my classwork and opened the door to new research opportunities.

Natasha Puzon, microbiology undergraduate in the STARS program

  • SURCA – Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

Undergraduate Research at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Opportunities for underrepresented students

The MARC program is a unique opportunity for underrepresented students to get financial, academic, and social support as they prepare for a career in the biomedical sciences.  

—Dr. Samantha Gizerian, associate dean for undergraduate education


A National Institutes of Health-funded opportunity for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups planning to major in biomedical science and engineering fields.


A National Institutes of Health-funded opportunity for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds to embark on a two-year program of scientific research, leadership development, and graduate-school preparation.

Our majors prepare you for careers in

  • Pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, and biotechnology industries
  • Private or governmental laboratories
  • Basic and applied research
  • Higher education
  • Nonprofit institutions
  • Researching neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis
  • Patent law
  • Scientific or pharmaceutical sales
  • Technical writing

Interested in a career in research?

Learn more about undergraduate research at WSU

Interested in a career in veterinary medicine?

Apply for an internship at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Tuition and financial resources

We know financial planning is important. Learn about estimated annual cost of attendance for resident and nonresident students, and available financial aid and scholarships.

If you’re a current undergraduate student, log in to the college’s internal web to see additional available college scholarships and financial resources.

Become a college promoter

Biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, microbiology, and neuroscience undergraduates who are accepted into the College Promoter program are awarded a scholarship and represent the college at events.

Undergraduate stories

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Tours & Visits

Pullman is located in the Palouse region of the Inland Northwest, homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. The Palouse has one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. Rolling hills and wide-open skies give the region its distinctive appeal.

Residents enjoy outdoor activities and the benefits of small town living with the cultural richness of bigger city life.