Graduate Study in Natural Sciences

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Explore science in the Pacific NW

Graduate degrees include M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology and Botany, M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics. These degrees can be pursued on the Vancouver campus, under the guidance and supervision of Vancouver-based Science and Math faculty.

Most positions are funded with a combination of teaching and research assistantships that include tuition waivers.

Research topics

WSU Vancouver Science faculty focus on conservation ecology and genetics, disturbance ecology, marine ecology, agroecology, molecular biology, oceanography, environmental physics, biogeochemistry, animal behavior, and neuroscience.

We do not accept students without a faculty advisor so please contact a faculty member in an area of research similar to your own about the potential for admission to graduate school at WSU Vancouver.

View a directory of current graduate students

Please view our program booklet here Graduate Study in the Natural Sciences.pdf


WSU Vancouver is located in Washington across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon and is close to the Cascades, Puget Sound, and the ocean, and thus offers significant opportunities for research, a variety of neighboring institutions and agencies for collaboration, and an excellent quality of life. Degree programs are offered across all WSU campuses and students in Vancouver may participate in activities in Pullman.

Application due date

Please contact Cheryl Schultz for additional information:

Cheryl Schultz
Graduate Coordinator, Science Programs
Washington State University Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686-9600