The Department of Biology at the University of Oregon offers expertise and research opportunities in a wide range of disciplines including neuroscience, genetics, cell and developmental biology, evolution, ecology, and marine biology. Biology is the study of living things. Synonyms: biological science; life science. To this end, the Biology Department has two Diversity Committees — one comprised of faculty and another of graduate students —in order to promote equity, reduce bias, embrace and increase diversity, and build respect, inclusion, and cultural competency among all members of the department. Tri-Beta is a national honorary society for students majoring in the biological sciences.
The faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences maintain high standards for both teaching and research. The crown jewel of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences research buildings houses Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratories. A study into the molecular basis of living systems, molecular biology aims to understand, at the most basic level possible, the nature and interactions of the units that make up living organisms.
A course in biological sciences will combine practical and theory work with a mixture of lectures, seminars and lab work. Our Biology program is versatile, allowing you to complement your Genetics, Cell Biology, Physiology, Ecology, Plant Biology, and Human Anatomy courses with studies from the arts, humanities, languages, and mathematics areas. The Department, like the discipline, is diverse, offering both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to study living systems at the level of genes and proteins to entire ecosystems.
The biological sciences as a whole began to boom in the Cold War era. As a result, beginning in the late 1960s, entire departments of organismic biology began to spring up, many focusing on ‘ecology and evolutionary biology,’ or ‘ecology, evolution, and behavior,’ offering doctoral degrees in the area, and enrolling even more practitioners to evolutionary biology. The Gerhold lab uses C. elegans germline stem cells to study the complexities of cell division in vivo.
Research into the origin of life, abiogenesis , amounts to an attempt to discover the origin of the first cells. You will study living organisms in a range of environments, both terrestrial and marine, and the content is assessed as part of the first-year examinations. Interdisciplinary in nature, the Biochemistry & Biophysics (BCBP) graduate program includes a broad grounding in the mathematical, chemical, physical, and biological sciences.
You can specialise in the strands of biology that interest you most, such as microbiology and biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, or ecology and evolution. On this module you’ll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in a studio or workshop and take part in guided independent study. The Bell Lab is currently extending laboratory investigations of experimental evolution to field scales at the Gault Nature Reserve.