Undergraduate programs

The biology program is designed to prepare students for careers in biological research, development, teaching, and in health sciences, nursing, biotechnology, conservation biology and wildlife management, forestry, and other applied fields. It also provides the necessary background for advanced study leading to graduate degrees in the more specialized fields of the biological sciences.

A student planning to enter medicine, dentistry, or other professional fields should consult the catalog of the professional school to which the student intends to apply following pre-professional work in biology and other sciences at Portland State. Biology is also a teaching endorsement area in the program of secondary education.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admission requirements

Biology B.A./B.S.

Biology Minor

Secondary Education

Secondary Education

Adviser: Dr. Sarah Eppley

Students who wish to teach biology in secondary schools should complete one of the two programs shown. Courses are to be taken for differentiated grades, except for those offered for pass/no pass only. Students must have at least a 3.00 GPA in the recommended science courses and must earn at least a C in each course of the endorsement area. Students should also take Psy 311.


Biology majors

Students must complete a biology major's program as outlined above, and include an upper-division course each in microbiology, ecology, genetics, cell biology, and evolution. (See adviser.)

Non Biology majors

One year-long sequence in introductory biology


Bi 234Elementary Microbiology


Bi 235Microbiology Laboratory


Two upper-division courses in anatomy and/or physiology


Bi 341Introduction to Genetics


Bi 357General Ecology


Bi 358Evolution


Upper-division biology elective in botany or field oriented course 4


Physical science electives as approved by adviser


Total Credit Hours:64-67