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:

Majors:
Biology
Marine Biology
 
Minors:
Biology
 
Concentrations:
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

Events

Hapi Hair Day
Feb23
Hapi Hair Day Feb 23 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Kuponya: Centering Black Healing
Feb23
Kuponya: Centering Black Healing Feb 23 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom
Feb23
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom Feb 23
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series
Feb23
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series Feb 23 Willamette Hall
Connections Happy Hour
Feb23
Connections Happy Hour Feb 23 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Feb26
Physical Chemistry Seminar Feb 26 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
Tony Chambers Seminar: "Toward a Culture of Student Flourishing and Belonging"
Feb26
Tony Chambers Seminar: "Toward a Culture of Student Flourishing and Belonging" Feb 26 Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact
A Cinematic Exploration Black Community and Poverty
Feb27
A Cinematic Exploration Black Community and Poverty Feb 27 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Pierson Lecture: "God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion in American History"
Feb27
Pierson Lecture: "God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion in American History" Feb 27 McKenzie Hall
Propaganda: Fascism and Neo-Fascism Lecture Series: "Where Monsters are Born"
Feb27
Propaganda: Fascism and Neo-Fascism Lecture Series: "Where Monsters are Born" Feb 27 Knight Library