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The Department of Biology at Lewis & Clark is an innovative and comprehensive program that emphasizes original research and critical thinking.

We offer three core courses that delve deep into essential aspects of the complex science of modern biology: Investigations in Ecology and Environmental Science, Investigations in Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, and Investigations in Cell and Molecular Biology. Information about these courses can be found in the catalog

Because research is central to biological science, we make it a key part of the student experience, immersing students in the process of discovery starting with their first course in biology.  In their courses, students develop the skills of logical problem-solving and rigorous methodology that characterize scientific investigation.  Most courses involve students conducting original research.  Outside of class, many Biology students take on independent research projects; others collaborate with faculty, often co-authoring research publications and presentations for regional and national meetings.

With access to research internship opportunities, state-of-the-art equipment, and engaged and accessible faculty, Lewis & Clark student biologists formulate challenging new questions about the living world and design ways to answer them. They develop the skills to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their own work and the work of others, and understand the connections between different levels of biological organization. Perhaps most importantly, our students develop a lifelong enthusiasm for biology.




October 14th, 2015

  • Image preview 4:30pm: Fulbright Student Workshop
    Interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship? Attend this presentation and workshop to learn more about the process.

October 16th, 2015

  • All Day: Resume Challenge Deadline

    The Resume Challenge is your chance to get your resume in front of employers. Resumes that meet the required criteria will be included in a book the Career Center shares with select employers and community partners. There is also a prize of $50! Submit your resume by November 20th for a chance to win.

    Link goes live on October 16th.

  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm: Research News & Brews
    Please join us 4:00 pm-5:30 pm on Friday, October 16th at The Buffalo Gap Saloon & Eatery on Macadam to hear and talk about the Opportunities and Challenges of “Data Science” at Lewis & Clark College and cheer over our pints. The format will include a short introduction, followed by a “round table” with Greta Binford (Biology), Jim Proctor (Environmental Studies), Parvaneh Abbaspour (Science and Data Services Librarian), Jens Mache (Computer Science) Roger Nelsen (Mathematics, retired) and others. All disciplines welcome! Please mark your calendars to come support your colleagues!

October 18th, 2015

  • Image preview 12:00pm: Careers for Pioneers

    Join fellow alumni to share professional, life, and education experiences and advice! Lunch will be provided.

October 28th, 2015

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