Learn about life processes by making original observations, asking biological questions and testing hypotheses through experimentation.

Our students learn to become biologists by working side-by-side with faculty doing biology. Pacific's biology curriculum gives students relevant, authentic experiences that encourage their development as scientists, from introductory biology through the senior capstone project.

Internships and outside research programs such as with local and national organizations such as the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Health Science University, state and federal wildlife agencies, and healthcare clinics, give students the opportunity to broaden their experiences and explore different fields in biology.

 

Biology major Rachel Araiza '22
“There’s a lot of opportunities for research, even if you’re just starting out. I like trying to figure out what’s going on and being the first to figure it out."

— Rachel Araiza '22

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What Can You Do with a Biology Degree?

Pacific’s biology graduates are prepared to do anything or go anywhere. Our biology graduates work as lab technicians, environmental consultants, teachers, lawyers, microbiologists, geneticists, ecologists, veterinarians, zoologists and, of course, in a wide range of health and medical professions.

Our students are recruited by the top graduate programs, medical schools and professional schools in the country. Many recent graduates work in the high-tech industry because of their strong backgrounds in biology, chemistry, math, computer science and physics.

 

Biology major Rylee Trendell '19
"Because it’s such a small campus, you’re able to form meaningful relationships with your professors. The research that I’ve been doing right here has been an amazing experience that I probably wouldn’t have gotten at a larger university.”
— Rylee Trendell '19

 

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Pacific University is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest — and No. 8 in the Far West, among peers like Stanford and USC. What does that mean for you, as an undergraduate student? At Pacific, undergraduate students conduct independent and guided research alongside their professors. You have the opportunity to publish and to attend national conferences. Learn more about the Pacific Undergraduate Research Program.

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The Recovery Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife funds work by Pacific University Professor Dr. Rich Van Buskirk and partners at the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington and Washington State University. 

Research

The Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference is returning to an in-person format this fall on Nov. 10. For many presenters, these research projects will become the basis of their senior capstone project. Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest, and as such, has a reputation for mentoring its undergraduate students especially in the areas of scientific and creative research.

Kelsey Schweitzer '11 and friends on a mountaintop

Kelsey Schweitzer ʼ11 attended Pacific University with hopes to become a marine biologist. She dreamed of studying wildlife to find ways to promote the health of the environment and mankind. Eight years later, she had her heart set on going to law school.