The Department of Biology at the University of Oregon offers expertise and research opportunities in a wide range of disciplines including cell and developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, marine biology and neuroscience. Our undergraduate curriculum provides an introductory overview in each of these areas, as well as the opportunity for advanced training and specialization in particular areas through course work and research experience. Course work for the biology major provides an exceptional foundation for students who plan to pursue graduate programs in biomedicine and research, and jobs in health services, private industry, and education.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Explore fundamental questions about all living organisms.

  2. Prepare for a wide variety of graduate programs in allied health and medicine.

  3. Build a foundation for careers in cutting-edge laboratory and field research.

  4. Gain expertise to address issues like climate change, disease, and global population growth.

  5. Prepare for work in allied health, conservation biology, ecology, genetics or medicine.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Biology may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Master of Science (MS) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Biology provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Biotechnology companies

Clinics and hospitals

Colleges and universities

Industry and laboratories

Inspection agencies and control boards

Pharmaceutical companies

Private research institutions

Public health departments

State and federal government agencies

Zoos and aquariums
Alumni Jobs


Biology teacher

Field biologist

Foreign service officer

Medical scribe

Molecular biologist

Nurse practitioner



Physician assistant
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
MATH 112; MATH 246/251; CH 221; CH 222; CH 223; CH 227; CH 228; CH 229

2nd Year
Gen Bio BI 211, 212, 213 OR Honors Bio BI 281H, 282H, BI 283H; CH 331, CH 335, MATH 247/252

3rd Year
BI 214 (if Gen Bio); PHYS 201-3; Three BI 3xx; BI 3xx w/Lab/Field; BI 3xx or other course

4th Year
Two BI 3xx; BI 3xx w/Lab/Field; Three from BI 420-499; MAPS course

Major Credits
Required 65-66
Electives 44

Total 109-110

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?



Data analysis

Information management

Laboratory research

Life processes at multiple levels of organization

Medicine and allied health practice

Scientific writing


Teaching, tutoring, and advising
Experiential learning opportunities

BI 401 Research Lab/Fieldwork

BI 402 Lab Assistant, Teaching, Tutoring

BI 409 Practicum/Internship (KIDS First, Nearby Nature, Volunteers in Medicine)

Students of Color Opportunities in Research Enrichment (SCORE)

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB)

Oregon Undergraduate Research Symposium (OURS)
Specialized Courses

Animal behavior

Cellular neuroscience

Developmental neurobiology

Field ecology

Marine conservation biology

Medical physiology


Molecular genetics

Sensory physiology
Add A Minor Or Certificate



Business Administration

Environmental Studies

Global Health

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