Biology Major (BS)

Have you considered the impact you could have as a scientist? Many of our graduates have, and today they are using the skills they learned at George Fox to seek cures for cancer, serve as pharmacists, medical doctors or dentists, and conduct research to develop drugs that combat disease.

The possibilities are limitless. What field of science are you passionate about?

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A Community that Pushes You to Grow

Our biology major does more than simply prepare you for a wide range of careers in the health sciences. Here, you are in a learning community that pushes you to grow, shapes you for today, and serves you well for tomorrow in whatever scientific field you choose – whether that be in research, teaching, industry, governmental agencies or environment consulting.

Practical Training Beyond the Classroom

As a biology major at George Fox, you will be trained in the theoretical fundamentals and the practical skills of the biological and chemical sciences. And, in addition to classroom work, you will gain practical training through field research trips, our project-based laboratories, and research internships.

Beyond that, you’ll study in a Christian college environment that recognizes God as Creator – and be challenged to use your degree not just to “get a good job,” but be a difference maker and world changer.

Concentrations

There are four concentrations within the biology major, allowing you to study a specific aspect of the discipline.

General Biology

This concentration spans a wide breadth of the biology field. Field studies courses in ecology, ornithology, systemic botany and invertebrate zoology and cell/molecular courses in neuroscience, genetics, and microbiology are among the options to choose from as you customize your course of study. Dip your toe in a little bit of everything.

Cell and Molecular Biology

This concentration offers electives specific to the field of cell and molecular biology, including advanced physiology, neuroscience, advanced human anatomy, plant physiology, ecology, ornithology and systematic botany. Break it down to the very basics of life.

Systems and Structural Biology

This concentration places an emphasis in whole-animal biology and medicine, with the core course of study covering advanced physiology, cell biology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and human anatomy. You also have the opportunity to customize the program, with options to choose between classes on evolution, ecology, ornithology, genetics, microbiology, and more!

Ecology and Field Biology

This concentration offers electives specific to ecology, including systematic botany, ornithology, invertebrate zoology, advanced physiology and plant physiology. Work to see how an organism exists within and impacts its environment.

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Why Study Biology at George Fox?

Biology is a major offered at many universities. What makes George Fox special?

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What will I Study?

George Fox will teach you the basics first, giving you a solid foundation to expand upon, eventually leading to you doing your own research along with more challenging coursework to prepare you for graduation.

  • You will take introductory classes to biology, chemistry and mathematics.
  • Depending on your concentration, you will pick classes that support your interests. Classes might include neuroscience, evolution, genetics, anatomy, etc. Again, it all depends on your area of focus!
  • Many of the classes include lab work, allowing you to see what you are learning right before your eyes.
  • With support from your professors, you can petition to do a thesis, allowing you to learn how to run and publish your own research.
  • Your professors will teach you how to be a scientist with observational and critical thinking skills, integrity, and perseverance.
Jalane Jara

Jalane Jara

Class of 2017

I remember entering as a freshman biology major having no idea what I was getting myself into, but quickly finding myself pushed beyond my self-imposed limits to what I could learn, yet at the same time supported each step of the way by professors who cared to know my name and story.

What’s after George Fox

There are many job opportunities available for individuals majoring in biology, as this field of study can lead to a wide range of career choices. Specifically, there have been recent increases in the fields of medical science and food and agricultural sciences. Additionally, there is always a need for medical personnel and science teachers.

  • Researcher, Druker Lab at OHSU
  • Physical Therapist, St. Anthony’s Hospital
  • Pediatrician, Vancouver Clinic
  • High School Biology Teacher, Hillsboro High School
  • Tribology Analyst, Portland Tribology Lab
  • Nurse, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Chiropractor, Back Pain & Accident Chiropractic
  • Remote Sensing Analyst, Watershed Sciences Inc.
  • Biology Professor, Warner Pacific College
  • Hematology/Oncology Researcher, Dartmouth University Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Associate Director of Histocompatibility, OHSU
  • Chairman of Anesthesiology, East Jefferson General Hospital
  • Cancer research, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Stem cell research, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Medical mission work, South America
  • Samaritan’s Purse, Sudan
  • World Vision, Albania
  • Quiet Waters Outreach
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eugene, Ore.
  • Harvard University
  • Duke University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
  • University of Miami, Ohio
  • Pacific University, School of Optometry
  • University of Southern California, School of Medicine
  • University of Washington, School of Medicine
  • Creighton University, School of Nursing
  • Oregon State University, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Graduate School
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Dentistry
  • University of California San Diego
Photo of Quinlan Morrow and Brittany Smith laughing besides a bridge in Portland, OR

Graduates seek and serve God in microscopic territory of human cancer cells

Every day is different. Same goal, different virus. Always hope.

And if she tires, if she begins to forget why, Quinlan Morrow remembers when she steps onto the tram at Oregon Health & Science University. Because as she rides, it isn’t the grand vista of God’s work – the Willamette River and a snowy Mt. Hood rising in the distance – nor the work of man evidenced in the sleek buildings below that reminds her. It’s what she sees in the faces of patients wheeled into the tram with her. She sees weariness reflected there, sometimes hope, always God. In their faces she sees evidence of the Creator, and this reminds her.