Department Policies

The following documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader.

Animal Use Policy: Why we use animals in teaching biology.

Citing Scientific Information: How to cite sources in scientific writing.

Effective Scientific Writing: Tips for organizing and structuring effective scientific writing.

Graduate School Information: A FAQ for applying to Master’s and PhD programs in Biology.

Honesty in Science: Policies and penalties for academic dishonesty, and tips for avoiding errors.

Independent Study: A research project designed by a student in consultation with a faculty member.


Petitioning the Biology Department: General guidelines for submitting a petition to waive departmental requirements


Transferring credit or substituting a course: A description of the materials you will need to assemble and submit to obtain a waiver or apply transfer credits to fulfill Biology course requirements.

Writing a Senior Thesis: Guidelines for proposing and carrying out a year-long senior research thesis.


 Marine biology students tour the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology with Jule  Schultz, Master’s candidate and LC bio alum (2001)