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There has never been a more exciting time to study biology. Every day brings transformational discoveries that will shape the future of society.

Programs Offered: Major, Minor

Because we believe that the most powerful learning experiences come from personal interaction, our students and professors work closely in small groups in class, in the lab and in the field. Whether on NSF-funded research with faculty members or through our many undergraduate research programs, Willamette students engage in scholarly work typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. This fosters a lively, supportive community and builds relationships that endure for a lifetime.

We celebrate the successes of our students and alumni as they pursue careers in academia, applied sciences, medicine, teaching, art and diverse fields around the world.

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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