The biology major's course of study begins with a year-long, team-taught course in the Principles of Biology, followed by a core of four courses: Genetics, Ecology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Evolution. Students take an additional nine biology credits and four chemistry courses to complete the major.
Biology courses offer studies to those who wish to major in biology and continue in graduate study, research, or teaching. They also provide preparation for students wanting to enter medicine, dentistry, or other health professions. In addition, classes familiarize students in other areas of the liberal arts with the vital role that environmental factors play in the lives of all people, and guide them to an appreciation of the intricacy and beauty of the world.
The program is enhanced by field study at various locations, including the Malheur Field Station near Burns, the Siskiyou Mountains, and the California redwoods. January term courses are offered occasionally in different localities such as Hawaii, Central America, South America, and Europe.
All department faculty members are engaged in research and publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. Three department members have also written books. Students work with faculty members during the academic year and during the summer, both in on-campus laboratories and in field locations around the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America.