The University of Oregon has a Baccalaureate Degree in Marine Biology, one of only a handful of such degrees offered on the Pacific Coast. Undergraduate students accepted into this major receive the same solid background in modern Biology (including cell biology, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, physiology and ecology) as a UO Biology major, but also experience several terms of the hands-on field-based learning for which marine laboratories, including OIMB, are renowned. Career options for Marine Biology graduates include jobs in state and federal government, advanced training for research and teaching in the marine sciences and most other careers available to broadly trained biologists. The background offered by this major is entirely appropriate for medical, dental or veterinary school.
Students in the marine biology major spend time on the Eugene campus and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. In Eugene, students take introductory biology courses and fulfill chemistry, mathematics, physics, and general education requirements. Upper division biology courses are taken at OIMB, and the marine biology major requires students to spend a minimum of three terms at the OIMB campus in Charleston. Courses are offered at OIMB during spring, summer and fall terms. The OIMB campus has dorms and a dining hall to accommodate students.
Once students are admitted to the University, they can declare their intention to major in marine biology by designating themselves as marine biology premajors. On completion of the General Biology (BI 211, 212, 213, 214) or Biology Honors (BI 281H, 282H, 283H) sequences students may apply to become a marine biology major. A written statement of purpose and academic standing (i.e., overall GPA and GPA in the sciences) will be used to determine entry into the program major. The statement of purpose contains questions that focus on the student’s purpose for choosing the major, including career goals and plans.