Undergraduate and graduate instruction lie at the heart of our department.  Whether in a large lecture hall, a teaching laboratory, the field or online - our faculty strive to impart their knowledge to a new generation of life science professionals.  Subject matters covered by our courses are as diverse and integrative as our faculty and includes introductory level courses as well as highly specialized ones for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.  We offer two undergraduate majors, each of which incudes multiple academic tracks to allow students flexibility in designing their particular course of study while maintaining the rigorous academic standards that fuels our national reputation for producing top-notch graduates. We also offer two undergraduate minors.

Biology Major

The Biology Major is offered on the Corvallis campus. The major delivers interdisciplinary training relevant to a wide variety of life sciences careers. Students can choose to specialize in one of eight transcript-visible options (see below) or select from a wealth of coursework to meet specific interests. Biology is a common home for pre-veterinary medicine, as well as pre-medicine and other health professions.

Zoology Major

The Zoology Major is offered on the Corvallis campus and through Ecampus. The major focuses on the diversity, organismal biology, ecology and evolution of animals. Zoology majors are often interested in careers such as animal care and husbandry, field work, informal education, agency work and museum curation, but elective courses can be used to pursue a variety of interests. Because of the coursework involved, pre-veterinary medicine students should look to the Biology Major Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option.