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    Southern Oregon University
  Dec 11, 2017
2012-13 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biology


Science 207
Michael S. Parker, Chair

Professor Associate Professor Senior Instructor Adjunct Faculty Emeritus Faculty
Alissa J. Arp        
Roger G. Christianson Richard May Barbara Fleeger Mark W. Buktenica Steven P. Cross
Carol S. Ferguson

David Oline

    Ronald D. Lamb
Stewart W. Janes

Peter Schroeder

    Frank A. Lang
Christine T. Oswald John Sollinger     D. Wayne Linn
Kathleen Page       Donald W. Mitchell
Michael S. Parker       Ronald E. Nitsos
John S. Roden       Chris N. Skrepetos
 Karen Stone       Wayne A. Sorsoli
 Charles W. Welden       Darlene H. Southworth
        Richard E. Welton

Biologists work on a broad spectrum of questions related to living organisms and life processes. They investigate the physical and chemical bases of life, the structure and function of organisms and their parts, the interaction between organisms and their environments, and the evolution of organisms. The biology major not only offers a thorough introduction to the principal areas of biology, but it also gives students the freedom to specialize.

The bachelor’s degree in biology prepares students for employment in diverse fields related to the life sciences. It is also excellent training for graduate and professional programs leading to degrees in such areas as agriculture, dentistry, environmental science, forestry, medical technology, medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and wildlife biology.

Because upper division courses in biology build on prerequisites, students should seek advising as soon as they consider majoring in biology. Early advising is especially important for those planning to go on to graduate or professional schools. Contact the department for an advisor assignment.

Graduate Programs

The department offers a master of science degree in environmental education. The department also participates in the master of interdisciplinary studies. See the Graduate Studies section for information on these programs.

Preprofessional Programs

Students planning a career in a medical field such as dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, or any other professional area should consult the appropriate advisor as soon as possible after deciding on one of these careers. The Science Hall secretary maintains a current advisor list. Students in premedical technology and pre-veterinary medicine can plan their work to satisfy general degree requirements at SOU either in a four-year program or in cooperation with a professional school. See the Preprofessional Programs section for more information on these programs.

Teacher Licensing

Students who would like to teach biology at the middle school or high school level in Oregon public schools must complete the prerequisite courses to qualify for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at SOU. It is not necessary to complete all prerequisites before applying to the program, but the prerequisites must be completed before a student begins the program. Interested students should consult the Science Hall secretary for an advisor and the School of Education regarding admission requirements for the MAT program.
Students must prepare in advance to increase their chances of acceptance into this competitive program. Applicants are required to gain experience working with children in public schools through practica, internships, and volunteer service before applying to the program.

Program Requirements








Environmental Education

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