Apr 21, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Environmental Science, Biology Emphasis, BS

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The Environmental Biology emphasis focuses on field and laboratory approaches to environmental problems such as the conservation of rare or declining species or the restoration of degraded habitats. Environmental Biology stands apart from a traditional biology degree in the way that it integrates interdisciplinary core courses with a mission-oriented, problem-solving methodology. Students completing this major have the analytical skills and technical background necessary to compete in the job market for environmental biology positions or to continue with advanced studies in a graduate program.


In order to receive an Environmental Science degree with an emphasis in Biology from Pacific University, a student must complete ENV 490 - Capstone Experience , and at least 3 upper-division courses. Students cannot receive a degree in both Environmental Science (biology emphasis) and Biology.


It is strongly recommended that students include the following courses as part of their curriculum in order to have a solid environmental biology foundation:

  • Introductory Physics or General Physics
  • An introductory statistics course
  • Calculus I and II

Program Details

Program Length

Four years for a complete BS degree.  Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.  Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.

Program Learning Outcomes

A student completing a major in Environmental Science, Biology Emphasis, shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply the scientific method and quantitative techniques to describe, monitor, investigate and understand environmental systems.
  • Use interdisciplinary approaches such as ecology, economics, ethics and policy to identify and devise solutions to environmental problems.
  • Be proficient in ecological methods such as wildlife/botanical survey, biodiversity assessment, mathematical modeling, geospatial analysis & monitoring of species/systems.
  • Use technology such as geographical information systems and computer programming, to assist in problem solving.
  • Effectively understand and convey scientific material from peer-reviewed sources

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