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At OSU-Cascades, you can get out there in the field. Biology faculty member Matt Orr and student researchers built artificial beaver dams along the Crooked River to help restore stream and plant habitat. The research team measured soil moisture, riparian plant health and water level.

About the Degree

OSU-Cascades offers a bachelor of science degree in biology. 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 is also ideal for students who are looking to continue from undergraduate into professional/medical programs.

Post-baccalaureate students who are interested in biology need to check the Admission Criteria for Post-Bacc Students from OSU's College of Science.

Degree Requirements

Minor in Biology

The minor in biology includes a required introductory biology sequence with a chemistry prerequisite or co-requisite (BI 211, BI 212, BI 213, Principles of Biology), a required course in cell and molecular biology (BI314) and 13 or more credits of upper division courses offered under the elective listed on the curriculum checklist.

Alumna Spotlight

From Lab Tech to Scientist


Originally from Wisconsin, Brittnye Freeberg is the first in her family to attend college. The mother of three was working at a convenience store in Bend and under the stress of the housing crunch when she decided to pursue a bachelor's degree for better job security. At OSU-Cascades, she found her calling in the lab — as a Layman Fellow she examined tent caterpillar plant detoxification and resistance to anesthesia in fruit flies. Brittnye interned as a lab tech with Lonza Pharma and Biotech and after graduation accepted a full-time position at Lonza as a product development scientist.

Student Spotlight

She’s Flying


There was a time when she didn’t think she’d make it through high school. Those days are long gone. Today, Miahna Corella is soaring — with eagles and other birds of prey — at her internship at the High Desert Museum and a part-time job at the Sunriver Nature Center. Like many biology majors at OSU-Cascades, she’s immersed in her field.

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Sample Courses

   Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology
Disease Ecology
Molecular Medicine
General Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry
General Physics
Aquatic Entomology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Environmental Physiology
Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation
Vertebrate Biology

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