Letter from the Chair

Andrea Holgado Chair of BiologyDear Student and Parents:

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Biological Sciences at SWOSU! 

SWOSU Biology is an extraordinary academic unit, known across campus and across the state of Oklahoma for its academic excellence and sense of community.  At our Department we offer several degree options:

  • BS in Biological Sciences
  • BS in Biological Sciences Biomedical Science Option
  • BS in Biological Sciences Environmental and Organismal Option
  • BS in Microbiology
  • BS in Microbiology Medical Laboratory Sciences Option (3+1)
  • BS in Biological Sciences and Microbiology Medical Laboratory Sciences Option (Dual degree)
  • BS Ed in Natural Science Education
  • M Ed in Biomedical Sciences and Microbiology
  • M Ed in Natural Science Education

Independent of the degree program you choose, participating in SWOSU’s Biology curricula enables you to:

  • Learn in small classes from experienced faculty who are committed to your success.
  • Receive personal academic and career planning assistance from your own biological sciences faculty advisor.
  • Conduct research with one of SWOSU’s nationally or internationally known biological scientists.
  • Make a name for yourself by traveling to research events and presenting results at scientific meetings both in Oklahoma and across the United States
  • Make a difference at the university and your community by joining the efforts of enthusiastic students leading the Biology Club, Medical Professions Club, Research Excellence Club, and the award winning SWOSU Tri Beta Honor Society chapter.
  • Get experience and network in “the real world” by participating in community service programs that include participation in free clinics, health screening, water quality monitoring, biodiversity censuses, and wellness education programs.
  • Achieve success by becoming one of the 90% of SWOSU Biological Sciences majors who have applied and been accepted to graduate and professional (medical, dental, veterinary, physical and occupational therapy, medical lab science, etc.) programs in Oklahoma and across the nation.

Again, thank you for your interest in the Department of Biological Sciences at SWOSU.

Please let us know if you would like additional information about our programs, or want to tour our facilities, or visit with our faculty about pursuing a career in biology, biomedical sciences, microbiology, environmental and organismal biology, natural science education, medical laboratory sciences, and many more health professional programs.


Andrea Holgado Ph.D. 

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Biological Sciences

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

100 Campus Drive, SCI 214

Weatherford, OK, 73096

580.774.3230 phone 

580.774.7140 fax

Email andrea.holgado@swosu.edu