Common Career Paths
- Research scientist, PhD
- University professor, PhD or MS
- Physician, DO or MD
- Physical therapist
- High school biology teacher
George Fox University’s biology major prepares you for a wide range of careers – in fields including the health sciences, research, teaching, industry, governmental agencies and environment consulting.
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. You'll also study in a Christian college environment that recognizes God as Creator.
Choose from four concentrations:
Students may take a general biology concentration that spans a wide breadth of the biology field. Field studies courses in ecology, ornithology, systemic botany and invertebrate zoology and cell/molectular courses in neuroscience, genetics, and microbiology are among the options to choose from as you customize your course of study.
Cell and molecular biology
Students have the option of a cell and molecular biology concentration that offers electives specific to the field, including Advanced Physiology, Neuroscience, Advanced Human Anatomy, Plant Physiology, Ecology, Ornithology and Systematic Botany.
Systems and structural biology
An emphasis in whole-animal biology and medicine
Ecology and field biology
Students have the option of an ecology and field biology concentration that offers electives specific to the field, including Systematic Botany, Ornithology, Invertebrate Zoology, Advanced Physiology and Plant Physiology.
For more information about these concentrations, visit the biology program information page.
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, Teruel Lab at Stanford School of Medicine
- 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
- Duke University
- Oregon Health & Science University
- Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
- University of Nevada-Reno
- 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
- John Hopkins Graduate School
- College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
- University of Pittsburgh, School of Dentistry
- Loma Linda University, School of Public Health
- 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
Points of Distinction
- Biology majors can choose from four concentrations: general biology, cell and molecular biology, systems and structural biology, and ecology and field biology.
- George Fox owns a $180,000 Leica Microsystems confocal microscope that allows George Fox faculty and students to perform cutting-edge research. The confocal microscope represents a type of microscopy that leverages laser physics to provide high-resolution data to uncover the relationships of molecules within a sample.
- Students will be challenged by a rigorous science curriculum.
- Students may have the opportunity to participate in original faculty scientific research.
- Learn from professors who teach sound scientific curriculum from a Christian point of view.
Why George Fox?
- Christ-centered community
Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.
- Global opportunities
Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!
- Small classes
Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.
- National recognition
George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.
Biology Student Experiences
“My professors at George Fox were faithful to provide a wealth of up-to-date scientific knowledge. Furthermore, their well-crafted test questions have continued to benefit me, as they strengthened my ability to think critically and to problem-solve.”
- Jessica (Magill) Beatty ('12)
Graduate student, Loma Linda University Medical School
“Both Yale and Dartmouth offered me full rides, but I wanted to have a foundation in a Christian education before I moved on to grad school. I chose to come to George Fox instead of the Ivy League and I'm really happy with that decision."
- Paige Copenhaver ('12)
Graduate student, University of Wyoming, Botany PhD program