Biology Program (Major, minor)
Department overview • Biology
(M., m.) • Chemistry (M., m.) •
What is the Biology Program?
Biology is the science of living things: what they are, how they work, how they
interact and how they change or evolve. Now, more than ever, biology is among the
most exciting, intellectually stimulating and promising disciplines in the sciences.
Why study biology at Saint Martin's?
The Bachelor of Science in biology at Saint Martin’s is designed to prepare tomorrow's
scientists, who will teach, study, explore, care for and enlighten our world and
its inhabitants. The degree can be tailored to prepare students for allied-health
professional graduate programs. To achieve this, our students receive individualized attention
in both the lecture and the laboratory. They get to know their professors and spend
time with them as mentors, advisors, instructors, and fellow researchers. With a
faculty experienced in a broad spectrum of biological specialties, students develop
a breadth that prepares them for a future of service to their communities and the
Additional benefits include:
- Personal attention: A senior research project is completed with
a faculty member and presented via oral presentation to peers
- A required seminar course designed to develop critical thinking
and writing skills through peer-reviewed scientific papers
- Upper division course labs that are taught by the professor
who teaches the lecture
- Field experiences, internships and other learning opportunities
outside the classroom
- Professors with expertise in different disciplines including
bioinformatics, cell biology, field biology, microbiology, plant
molecular biology, marine ecology, and evolution
- Entire faculty attend workshops in life sciences education to
continually improve teaching methods and curriculum
- New courses in bioinformatics, medical botany and evolution
For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please
visit our biology outcomes website.
What is required?
- 39 semester hours of lower-division courses
- 30 semester hours of upper-division courses
- Senior research project
- Eight semester hours of lower-division courses
- 14 semester hours of upper-division courses
Note: Some biology majors may add substantial coursework in a discipline
other than biology. Such students often qualify for a minor in that area. Minors
can be earned in many areas including chemistry, mathematics, psychology and English.
complete breakdown of biology courses requirements, visit the undergraduate academic
Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
What types of projects are available?
Students work directly with faculty on a wide range of projects. For example:
- Algae biofuel production
- Biofilm formation
- Ecology research
- Gene transduction with bacteriophages
- Oral microbiology
- Microbial fuel-cells
- Nutrient cycling
- Water quality
Student-led projects have included:
- Paramecium growth in local water sources
- How English Ivy alters soil characteristics
- Microbial competition
- And much more!
What can I do with this major?
Students from Saint Martin’s have gone on to graduate programs in biology and
chemistry; been accepted to professional programs in physical therapy, dentistry,
veterinary medicine, nursing, teaching, physicians’ assistant (P.A.), Doctor of
Osteopathy (D.O.) and medical doctor (M.D.) programs.
Graduates of the University's biology program will be prepared for:
- A variety of careers in the biological sciences including:
- Research and development
- Biotechnology and bioinformatics
- State and federal government
- Marine biology
- Environmental protection
- Specialized investigation leading to graduate degrees in biology
- Admission into professional healthcare graduate programs including:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic schools
For a complete list of professional applications,
For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career
for you, visit our Career Center.
Where do Saint Martin's biology graduates go for advanced degrees?
Graduates of the Saint Martin's Biology Program have gone on to graduate and professional programs at:
- University of Washington
- Washington State University
- Oregon Health and Science University
- University of Virginia, Biomedical Program
- Central Washington University
- Eastern Washington University, Physical Therapy doctoral program
- Ohio State University veterinary school
- Many more...
In addition, our graduates are accepted at medical schools across the U.S.
Research / internship opportunities
In addition to Biology majors have the opportunity to participate in internship programs with a variety of local
businesses and organizations including:
- The Cascadia Collective (Marine Animals)
- Dental and Medical Offices
- Department of Agriculture (Microbiology Lab)
- Department of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife
- Department of Natural Resources
- Department of Revenue
- Saint Peter's Hospital
- Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction at Oregon Health and Science University
- Fred Hutchinson
- Physical Therapy Practices
- Regional Fish Hatcheries
- Wolf Haven International
Related fields of study
Chemistry (M., m.) |