• <a href="/live/image/gid/61/width/650/86393_Biology_new_template.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86393"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/61/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/61/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/61/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/61/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/61/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/61/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/61/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/61/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/61/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.jpg" alt="Associate Professor of Biology Norma Velazquez-Ulloa looks over a research sample with Asia Wooten BA '20." srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/61/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/61/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86393_Biology_new_template.rev.1607363079.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="3067" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a> <div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption">Associate Professor of Biology Norma Velazquez-Ulloa looks over a research sample with Asia Wooten BA ’20.</div>

Why Choose a Degree in Biology?

Our innovative and comprehensive program emphasizes original research and critical thinking. You will generate hypotheses, design studies, collect data in the lab and the field, analyze and interpret the results, and communicate your findings through talks, posters, and papers. Our classrooms and labs rely on cutting-edge tools in microscopy, physiology, computational biology, and molecular biology. We also offer robust opportunities for experiential learning through fieldwork, internships, and paid student-faculty research. Our students graduate with a degree in biology and excellent career preparation skills, knowing how to write grants, read scientific literature critically, reason quantitatively, and work in teams.

What You’ll Study

Our curriculum embraces all of biology, from molecules to ecosystems, and draws on other fields, like chemistry, mathematics, and psychology. We believe in working closely with our students both in the classroom and our laboratories, providing opportunities rarely available to undergraduates.

Many of our students—unlike students at other schools—earn course credit toward their biology degree while on an overseas program. In addition to general cultural programs that are open to all students, there are programs designed and led by biology faculty to Australia, East Africa, and New Zealand.

Outside the classroom, many biology students get involved in research, by either collaborating with one of their professors or pursuing their own investigations off-campus. We provide extensive guidance to help students find and secure these opportunities. Each fall, students present their work to the campus community at a poster conference. We have a seminar series that regularly brings biologists to campus to speak about new areas of research. Our natural history collection—curated by students—includes specimens of plants, fungi, insects, birds, and mammals from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Curriculum

Complement Your Education With One of These Minors

The most popular minors for our biology majors are environmental studies, health studies, and neuroscience.


What Students Are Saying About Lewis & Clark

  • Roland Berg BA '22

    Lewis & Clark made me feel wanted as a student.

    Roland Berg BA ’22
    Biology and English (double) | Saint Paul, Minnesota
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  • Clover posing in front of Manor House. They are wearing a black sweater with a pink flower and green pants.

    I like that the biology major allows me to take a wide variety of classes to explore all of my interests. The major is wildly applicable, which is great as I consider future career paths. All the professors in the department are amazing, and I love hearing about their work and passion for biology.

    Clover Sinning BA ’26
    Biology | Chemistry |  Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Makayla Simmer BA '21

    College Outdoors has been extremely empowering and important for who I am becoming.

    Makayla Simmer BA ’21
    Biology and Environmental Studies (double) | Haiku, Hawai‘i
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What Can You Do With a Degree in Biology?

Our alumni use their BA in biology in a wide variety of careers, including research, medicine, public health, natural resource management, teaching, and law. They work in academia, in industry, with nonprofits, and for local, state, and federal governments. Many of them apply the skills they have acquired in problem solving, critical thinking, writing, and speaking to fields other than biology.

Dedicated Faculty

Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.

Biology faculty rely on their students to be collaborative researchers in the lab, providing an opportunity that’s rarely available to undergraduates at other schools. Students are frequent coauthors on peer-reviewed faculty publications and professional presentations.

Meet the Professors

  • 10% 

    of our students are from countries other than the U.S.

  • 12:1 

    Lewis & Clark College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.

  • Top 100 

    Lewis & Clark is in the top 100 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2023–24 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” list.

  • 15% 

    first-generation students at Lewis & Clark College

  • 19 

    Average class size for undergraduate students

Invest in Yourself

A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate in four years with their bachelor of arts degree that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.

The Kent Swanson Jr. Biology Scholarship benefits junior and senior students majoring in biology who have demonstrated financial need and interest in the outdoors, environmental conservation, and the arts.

Find Your People

Students can join a variety of student-run organizations that relate to their biology major, like Math Club, Physics Club, and Pre-Health Club. Don’t see what you’re looking for on the club list? Start something new and build your own community of peers!


Where Lewis & Clark Will Take You

  • Erin Khong BA '21

    Lewis & Clark prepared me to be a better communicator and writer, and to be able to critically engage in the work I am doing and reading. I am able to sit at a table with my colleagues, have conversations about what is important to me, and set a plan of action to achieve those goals as a team.

    Erin Khong BA ’21, MA ’23
    Biology | Long Beach, California
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  • John smiling outside, wearing a dark tshirt.

    The biology and art programs gave me both real world and conceptual practice experience. My majors were extremely thorough and provided me with a great foundation.

    John Carr BA ’21
    Biology and Studio Art (double) | Los Angeles, California
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  • Samantha posing outside, wearing a maroon jacket.

    I just finished my first year of medical school, and thanks to L&C, I already knew how to analyze scientific literature and be curious.

    Samantha Bowen BA ’20
    Biology | Tigard, Oregon
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