Environmental Biology

Concentration/Emphasis

Develop a deep understanding of conservation and restoration of natural habitats and species.

The environmental biology program is designed for students who are interested in science and want to apply their studies to addressing environmental problems. The curriculum is heavy on field-based coursework in the forest, streams, grasslands and wetlands surrounding Pacific University. Projects include ecological restoration, species conservation and the development of land-use recommendations for regional land owners.

Students have many opportunities to conduct independent research with the support of faculty, often in partnership with local organizations. They build valuable relationships with land-use agencies, such as METRO and Clean Water Services.

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Fallon Harris '14 with students at Cornelius Elementary

Alumna Fallon Harris '14 created the nonprofit Eden Acres, promoting environmental literacy for all learners of all ages. Today, the organization is partnered with area schools, public agencies, and businesses, offering outdoor classes and sustainability activities for youth.

Kayleigh DeBruyne ’18

Kayleigh DeBruyne '18 spent a semester in Tanzania completing her senior project, a research endeavor that combined environmental science, anthropology and women's issues.

Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

Project led by Rich Van Buskirk using scent-trained canines to help identify hospitable habitats for the endangered Oregon Silverspot butterfly.