Issues and advances in areas such as biotechnology, environmental science, medicine and other fields continually emphasize the importance of biology and biologists in the future of our country and the world. The biology program prepares students for diverse fields through broad, interdisciplinary training in the life sciences. This major also provides coursework and a launching pad for students who are looking to continue from undergraduate into professional and medical programs.

Degree: BS in Biology, Minor in Biology
Biology Faculty

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Potential career options in Biology:

Use the career exploration resources to learn about the potential career options above.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)

Biochemist
Botanist
Chiropractor
Dentist
Dietician/Nutritionist
Ecologist
Environmental Engineer
Fish Hatchery Technician
Food Scientist
Forester
Geographer

Horticulturist
Marine Biologist
Medical Illustrator
Medical Laboratory Technician
Microbiologist
Mortician
Oceanographer
Paramedic
Park Ranger
Pharmacist
Physician
Physician Assistant
Public Health Worker
Researcher
Science Teacher
Soil Conservationist
Toxicologist
Veterinarian
Water Quality Technician
Wildlife Biologist
Zoologist

Where are OSU Biology alumni working?

(Data obtained from LinkedIn)

Biological Science Technician, US Forest Service
Research Assistant, Oregon Health and Science University
Clinical Quality, Swedish Medical Group
Pharmacist, HealthPartners
Research Chemist, Bend Research
Coastal Specialist, California Sea Grant Extension
Senior Scientist, Pharmanex
Bioinformatics Scientist, Illumina
Ecologist, Wild Fish Conservancy
R&D Project Manager, Morphotek, Inc
Public Health Professional, Oregon Health Authority
Clinical Imaging Technician, Synarc

Where have OSU students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?

Bend Research
Agere Pharmaceuticals
St. Charles Health Systems

Job Search:

In addition to our general jobinternship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in Biology. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.

If you are interested in healthcare, good opportunities to gain patient care experiences are medical assistant, certified nurse assistant (CNA), home health aide, personal care assistant (PCA), patient care technician, emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, medical scribe and pharmacy technician. Reserach, volunteer opportunities and mission trips can also be a great way to gain related experience in medicine.

Research Resources:

Graduate School:

In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in Biology and Medicine.

Professional Associations:

Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities. This is a sampling of professional associations that you could get involved in.

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