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Our Location = Unique Research and Learning Opportunities
Enrich your academic career at local centers of learning such as the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity and Ecology Center, Highlands Biological Station, and the Helen Patton Center.

33rd Annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference


Recent Books by Members of our Faculty

Dr. Jim Costa

Dr. Beverly Collins
greenberg & collins natural disturbances



Biology Department

biology_student-pipettingInterested in studying the genetics, ecology, and physiology of people, salamanders, birds, plants, bacteria, and other organisms? Western Carolina University provides the ideal environment to further your career in the field of biology.
Teaching and research drives the Department of Biology. Our interactive undergraduate and graduate programs are founded on our faculty’s rich tradition of teaching and will prepare you for a successful and fulfilling career.

Come join us and take advantage of our advanced research facilities and equipment,  including the department’s Southern Appalachian Biodiversity and Ecology Center.  We’re also affiliated with The Helen Patton Environmental Research Center and within driving distance of the Highlands Biological Station, which promotes education, research, and outreach focused on the ecology and biotic diversity of the Southern Appalachian Region.

For more information, read about the department or contact the Department of Biology.



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