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Team up with your professors on innovative studies and put your ideas to work in the lab and the field.

Programs Offered: Major, Minor

There’s never been a more exciting time to study biology. Every day brings transformational discoveries that will shape the future of society, and you can make meaningful contributions to this dynamic field during your time at Willamette.

You’ll explore diverse topics, create knowledge and utilize the latest technology in the lab and the field. You’ll also work closely with students who value your ideas and professors who encourage you to focus on the things that matter to you most.

Whether you’re conducting high-level research on campus or examining the varied ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, you’ll gain the kind of experience that’s reserved for graduate students at other universities. By the time you leave Willamette, you’ll be ready to pursue careers in medicine, applied sciences, academia — the choice is yours.

Alfredo Zuniga ’12 at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland

Biology lab guides alum beyond graduation

In Alfredo Zuniga’s first week as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, he relied on old notes from his Willamette biology lab to teach students. 

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Pat Keys' speech to the second committee focused on climate change, global wealth inequality and sustainability.

Biology alum gives keynote at United Nations General Assembly

Pat Keys' speech to the second committee focused on climate change, global wealth inequality, and sustainability.

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Victoria Black Horse ’13

Alumna builds bridges to a healthier future

While studying at Willamette University, Victoria Black Horse ’13 completed a summer research program at Harvard Medical School designed for students who have a commitment to the health of Native American communities.

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