2021-2022 University Catalog



The biology department provides undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a B.A. degree in Biology. The major equips students with knowledge and skills in life sciences for such diverse vocations as teaching, the health professions, scientific and environmental organizations, public and private sections. In alignment with the Multnomah University mission, the Biology Program at MU aids students in the development of both Christian and biological perspectives of their career development and as stewards of God’s Creation.

Program Characteristics

The Bachelor of Arts degree in biology is designed for students seeking a broad foundation in biological science that is complementary to the task of integration of faith and learning in the Arts and Sciences tradition. The program provides opportunities for students to explore non-science disciplines and interdisciplinary courses to broaden their scope of education. Provided that careful attention is paid to the requirements for admission into post-baccalaureate and professional programs, the B.A. in Biology degree is appropriate for those students intending to enter the workforce in settings such as field work, biological research, pharmaceutical sales, and preparing for entry into professional schools in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic or veterinary medicine. The program allows students to prepare for a wide range of career pathways after graduation so that they can gain admission to graduate schools, professional schools, single subject teaching credential programs and for entry into careers in public and private sectors.

Program Outcomes

Students graduating with a major in Biology will be able to:

  • Develop a coherent body of knowledge appropriate to a student's career goals in biology. (UB.1)
  • Construct a coherent understanding of science that is integrated with Christian theological principles and rooted in a Christian worldview. (UB.2)
  • Apply scientific knowledge and methodologies to develop researchable questions and hypotheses. (UB.3)
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of competency in laboratory procedures and techniques. (UB.4)
  • Draw appropriate scientific conclusions through analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. (UB.5)
  • Effectively use and critically evaluate resources including scientific research literature. (UB.6)
  • Develop effective oral and written communication skills of scientific issues to lay and professional audiences. (UB.7)
  • Integrate scientific knowledge and methodologies with other disciplines to solve complex problems. (UB.8)

Career Options: Multnomah University biology majors are prepared to enter graduate or health professional schools or general employment in a variety of occupations. For example some of the possibilities are: Biologist, Botanist, Coroner, Chiropractic Physician, Dentist, Ecologist, Forest Preserve Management, Health Care Administration, Medical Tech, Nurse, Physical Therapist, Physician, Sports Medicine, Science Teacher, Veterinarian, and Wildlife Supervisor.

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