Undergraduate Programs

Why Study Biology?

Thank you sincerely for your interest in studying Biology at the University of Oregon. Our optional emphasis areas give undergraduates opportunities to learn and work with scientists who are making important contributions to knowledge in these specializations. We offer students many ways to enrich their education both on and off campus. Our nationally and internationally recognized graduates have completed top MD, PhD, MD-PhD, and MS programs and internships all over the world. 

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Major in Biology

We have developed an outstanding undergraduate program that will prepare you for a multitude of options including graduate schools and careers in biomedicine and research, allied health, private industry and education. Choosing one of our focus areas can help guide you through upper-division course work based on your specific interest.

Our Majors:

Marine Biology
Human Biology
Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology
Neuroscience & Behavior
Marine Biology
Ecology & Evolution

Honors in Biology and Undergraduate Research

An Honors degree in Biology or Marine Biology requires intensive laboratory and/or field work supervised by a faculty member. If you are interested in undertaking an Honors project, you should contact a participating faculty member either at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology or on the Eugene campus to explore opportunities. Find more details on requirements by visiting the Honors page.

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Real-World Experience

Our students gain valuable training in laboratory skills that translate into health profession and industry careers, as well as prepare students for graduate studies. From internships and lab work to conference presentations and study abroad experiences, explore the ways to learn biology in a practical setting. 

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What you can do with a Biology degree

A biology major can prepare you to work in many fields. Learn about possible careers and hear from alumni.

Advising and Academic Support

Schedule an appointment with a faculty or peer advisor, find important department forms and get answers.

Departmental Advising and Support

Scholarships and Awards

Learn about ways to apply for funding through the Department of Biology.

Explore Scholarships and Awards


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