Biology

The field of biology is ideal for students who are deeply interested in how the natural world works and who want to learn more about it through targeted research. You can expect to take chemistry, math and liberal arts courses in addition to biology classes, plus you can choose a focus in areas such as botany, zoology, molecular biology or field biology. There’s even a biology teacher education concentration in conjunction with WOU’s College of Education.

I’m also a minor!

credits required for the Biology major

students enrolled in the Biology program

students per class on average in the Biology program

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of master's degree can be completed as an undergrad at WOU

Sample four-year degree plan

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of key concepts from the many disciplines within the biological sciences
  • Demonstrate critical thinking by engaging in laboratory experimentation, field research, data analysis and interpretation at multiple course levels
  • Demonstrate application of course concepts and skills by engaging in advance studies and research within areas of particular interests

Career opportunities

  • Biotechnician
  • Forensic scientist
  • Zoologist
  • High school biology teacher
  • Pharmaceutical researcher

Biology minor

The field of biology is quite diverse, which means a minor in biology can take many forms. Choose to focus on cell biology and genetics if you wish, or spend time learning about plants, animals and insects in field biology. Explore the world of science as you never have before.

credits required for the Biology minor

Faculty

MICHAEL BALTZLEY

Professor, VP Academic Affairs/Provost
503-838-8832 | baltzlem@wou.edu | DFSC 114

ERIN BAUMGARTNER

Professor, Biology, Biology
503-838-8348 | baumgare@wou.edu | NS 117

SARAH BOOMER

Professor, Biology
503-838-8209 | boomers@wou.edu | NS 219

AMY DAWSON

NTT Assistant Professor, Biology
503-838-8891 | dawsona@wou.edu | DFSC 118

JIM DAWSON

NTT Instructor, Biology
503-838-9225 | dawsonj@wou.edu | NS 002

BRYAN DUTTON

Professor, Biology
503-838-8452 | duttonb@wou.edu | NS 021

ANNA HARDIN

NTT Assistant Professor, Biology
503-838-9718 | hardina@wou.edu | DFSC 109

GARETH HOPKINS

Associate Professor, Biology
503-838-9395 | hopkinsg@wou.edu | NS 021B

AVA HOWARD

Associate Professor, Department Head, Biology
503-838-8702 | howarda@wou.edu | NS 120

MELISSA KELLEY

NTT Assistant Professor, Biology
503-838-9312 | kelleym@wou.edu | NS 117

MICHAEL LEMASTER

Professor, Biology
503-838-8136 | lemastm@wou.edu | DFSC 115

SAMANTHA LEVELL

NTT Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology
levellst@wou.edu

SCOTT MACDONALD

NTT Instructor, Biology
503-838-8337 | macdonas@wou.edu | DFSC 117

STEPHEN SCHECK

Professor, Biology
503-838-8277 | schecks@wou.edu | NS 221

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