Biology

Major, Minor

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.

Headlines

Student Rachel Araiza

Research is like a puzzle for Rachel Araiza ’22. “I like trying to figure out what’s going on and being the first to figure it out,” said Araiza.

A love of the outdoors and biology led her to the Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove to examine the eating habits of the bullfrogs that live in the wetlands.

Rylee Trendell working in the outdoors

Rylee Trendell '19 found Pacific to be a good fit because of his personal connections with professors, as well as the opportunity to play collegiate basketball.

Mary Richardson Walker

Mary Richardson Walker and her husband donated  part of the land that became Pacific's Forest Grove Campus. After her husband's death, Mary remained active in the early life of the school and the community of Forest Grove. The qilin statue that became Boxer, Pacific University's mascot, was donated to the school in her honor.