(This posting is the third of a series of articles highlighting different programs at Oregon State.)
Many students arenâ€™t sure what science area they want to pursue, but most recall their high school biology courses as being interesting and fun. Oregon State offers many majors in the sciences with the biology major being one of the most popular. In fact, biology majors are the 4th largest undergraduate group at OSU, and The University Honors College enrolls more biology majors than any other program at OSU.
What do OSU students do with biology degrees? Here are some of the many career paths for those with biology degrees:
Health care industry
Zoo or Aquarium work
Government agency work
â€¢ National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
â€¢ National Institute of Health (NIH)
â€¢ National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
â€¢ US Department of Agriculture (USDA); Forest Service
â€¢ U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI); Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, National Park Service
â€¢ U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
â€¢ Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (Oregon DEQ)
â€¢ Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
Below are descriptions of programs that feed some of the health career fields:
Biology major/Biology minor
Biologists study all living organisms, from their beginnings, to their development, function, and environment. Upper division courses include Genetics, Ecology, Biochemistry, Statistics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Evolution, Microbiology, Physiology, History of Science, etc.
Microbiologists study a large and diverse group of microorganisms- bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae, and fungi. Upper division courses include Immunology, Bacterial Molecular Genetics, Pathogenic Microbiology, Virology, Plasmid Biology, Food Microbiology, etc.
Zoologists study the biology of animals, from individual cells and molecules to entire ecosystems. Upper division coursework includes Genetics, Ecology, Vertebrate and Invertebrate Biology, Physiology, Embryology, Animal Behavior, etc.
Some of the biology minor or option tracks include marine biology, genetics, biotechnology, and pre-education.