Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society

Tri-Beta is an honorary and professional society for students of the biological sciences. Its activities are designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment and investigation in the biological sciences. It is a national society affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences.  The Gamma Chapter at Western Colorado University was founded in 1925 and is the oldest active chapter in the nation.

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Gamma Chapter Functions and Activities:
Presentations are given by visiting scholars, faculty, student researchers, and graduate and professional school representatives.
College Service Projects:
Members participate in tree planting, highway cleanup, tutoring services...
Field Trips:
Trips are taken to various sites in the Gunnison area.
District and National Conventions:
Conventions provide an opportunity to present original research papers, interact with biologists from other colleges, and attend programs, talks, and field trips.
Social Activities:
Tri-Beta sponsors social events such as: Pot luck dinners, cook-outs, hikes, and other social events.
Other Benefits of Membership

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Contact us to be added to our email list for news and events

Plant Sale

Every Semester, the week before finals in the University Center,


Gamma Chapter of Tri-Beta Meetings are held every Tuesday evening at 7pm in the Hurst 137 Student Center.  Most meetings are held in conjunction with activities and/or guest speakers.  All students are encouraged and welcome to attend any meetings!


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Tri-Beta Membership Information

There are two types of membership in Tri-Beta:

Regular Membership                                                Associate Membership

-GPA 3.0 in Biology courses                                       -No required GPA

-Sophomore standing (45 credits)                            -Do not need 45 credits

-Biology Major                                                              -Major in any subject

-$50 processing fee                                                     -$40 processing fee

-Lifetime member                                                        -Membership ends upon graduation

-Taken 3 biology courses                                                   -Can’t hold offices, only participate in club activities

-Can hold offices within BBB                                    

-Good academic standing

Fee Payment:  The national Office will not recognize you as a member until the processing fee is paid, but students can still be involved with local Tri-Beta activities.  If a student initially pays the $40 fee to become a member on the Associate level, and later qualifies to be promoted to Regular Membership level, they need only pay the $10 difference in fee amounts at the time of promotion.  If students pay fees by semester and then want to discontinue being a member, no refunds will be given.

Membership Forms:  Membership forms are available in the Hurst 137 Student Center, or by contacting any of the current Gamma Chapter Tri-Beta Officers.


Current Gamma Chapter Tri-Beta Officers

President:  Erin Twaddell;

Vice President:  Amy Harmon;

Secretary:  Haley Barnard;


Historian:  Ticah


Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Shan Hays;  Hurst Hall 238C;  970 943-3355;