What professional opportunities are available for biology students following graduation?
A bachelor’s degree in biology prepares students for careers in human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical sales and/or research, allied heath (physical therapy, optometry, nursing, physician assistant, etc.) biotechnology, fish and wildlife, environmental testing, environmental law, forensics, public health, food science/microbiology, teaching at the high school level, genetic counseling, bioethics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, zoo and aquaria management, and many other exciting possibilities. In addition, several of our graduates continue their education as MS or PhD students in respected universities across the United States.
Does your program allow students to concentrate in a specific subcategory of biology?
The George Fox biology major is designed to provide a comprehensive education in modern biology and at the same time afford students the freedom to emphasize elements of biological science. We presently offer four tracks within the biology major: General Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Systems & Structural Biology, and Ecology & Field Biology. Please see our program page for more details.
Do your human anatomy teaching labs offer human cadaver experience?
We offer both a traditional allied health-oriented Human Anatomy & Physiology course sequence and an upper-division, major’s-level Advanced Human Anatomy course. All of our human anatomy laboratories include prosection and examination of human cadavers.
Can undergraduate biology students participate in any research activities?
Biology students may engage in original research projects with faculty, primarily during the summer months. Biology students are supported by Richter and Holman summer research grants. Awardees receive a modest stipend, a supplies budget, and summer housing on campus. In addition to summer research opportunities at George Fox, junior-level biology majors can apply for the Murdock Undergraduate Collaborative Research Program, and conduct research at OHSU in nationally-respected research laboratories. Students can also apply for NSF’s RUI (research experiences for undergraduates) summer programs which support student scholarship at research universities nationwide.
Biology students who are interested in field experience are strongly encouraged to engage in an annual overnight trip to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located in southeastern Oregon, and at over 187,000 acres, includes varied habitats (including wetlands, riparian areas, meadows, and uplands) and is home to a great diversity of birds (over 320 species), mammals (58 species) and flora.