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Biologists study life, from the grandest redwoods to the tiniest of viruses and everything in between. At Linfield, you will explore the science of life in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field. As a biology major, you will solve real-world problems in your classes, and then collaborate with faculty and other students on cutting edge-research projects outside the classroom. 

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Meet Ariel, a biology major at Linfield

Studying biology at Linfield

Beyond the classroom

  • Students are vital to our biology research program. Gain experience through many research opportunities with our expert biology faculty.

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  • Participate in active hands-on learning experiences in natural environments such as the Oregon coast or California's Redwood Forests – or perhaps abroad during a unique January Term course.

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  • Help keep everything running smoothly inside our laboratories as a work-study student.

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  • Develop your professional skills through an internship at a company such as OMSI Physical Science, Grain Station Brew Works or Providence Health System.

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  • Use the latest generation equipment in our labs, including high-tech imaging, Zeiss microscopes, cell growth chambers, bioinformatics tools and more.

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As a biology major at Linfield

you might take:


Explore the structures and function of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. (BIOL 361)

Marine Ecology

Discover the diversity of interactions that occur among marine organisms in a course that includes fieldwork on the Oregon coast. (BIOL 380)


Learn the computation processes needed to investigate large biological datasets. (BIOL 340)

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What you can do with a biology degree from Linfield:

  • Graduate schools (M.S. and Ph.D. programs) in life sciences
  • Professional school in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or pharmacy
  • Lab technician
  • Veterinary technician
  • Science teacher
  • Aquarist (aquarium curator) or zookeeper

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Have questions about studying biology at Linfield? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Portrait of Professor John Syring
John Syring
Department Chair and Professor
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