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BSc Biology

Biology is the study of plant and animal life. Biologists study the anatomical and cellular structure of organisms, how they have evolved over time, and how they interact with each other in the world. Biology is one of the most popular majors at Portland State University because it opens the doors for many careers in the health sciences.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

While many Biology classes are large lecture courses (particularly during the first few years of the program), Biology majors spend a lot of time doing hands-on work with other students in the lab and have opportunities to get off campus to help with field research across the Pacific Northwest.

If you are curious about how plants and animals function, enjoy solving problems, have reasonably strong math and study skills, and are able to commit significant time to doing lab work, the Biology major could be a good fit for you.

Your Potential To Be Exponential

At Portland State University , you feel like you’re part of a movement. The kind that keeps your classmates rooting for you and your professors pulling for you. You’ll form bonds with faculty and friends in small classes that dive deep into the issues that matter most to you. We are proud to be one of the nation’s most transformative universities. Because every time your success inspires others, you change the world.


Courses Included

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Introduction to Plant Biology
  • Invertebrate Zoology