We are home to physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science and more. Our faculty have their own specialties, but we also work together in an interdisciplinary blend. We help students in a wide range of majors learn science and scientific inquiry that is a foundation for their own applied programs, not just as a theoretical end of its own. We also have minors for those students who want to go a little deeper, and two majors as well.

Many students have an interest in biology.
At Oregon Tech we have designed two programs that prepare graduates for rewarding careers that require a strong foundation in biology. For outdoor or field-oriented options, please refer to the Environmental Sciences program. For medically-oriented options in biology, please see our Biology-Health Sciences program.

Biology Health-Sciences

For medically-oriented options in biology, visit the Biology-Health Sciences program. It offers a strong preparation to apply to professional programs, exceeding the minimum requirements for highly competitive fields such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Physician Assistant, and others. With dedicated faculty focused on teaching and small classes centered on fields with greater relevance to modern medicine, students are very successful in reaching their goals.

Environmental Sciences

For outdoor or field-oriented biology, visit the Environmental Sciences program. It offers several pathways including Watershed Science that can readily be tailored to biological interests and student research projects. Graduates often go on to careers with public and private agencies such as US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, and the Nature Conservancy.

Biology Minor

Course requirements for the Biology Minor are one year of Principles of Biology (BIO 211/212/213) and 12 credits of upper-division (300 or above) biology courses. Contact Prof. Kerry Byrne for more details.

Chemistry Minor

Students from a number of majors, such as Biology-Health Sciences, Medical Lab Science, Environmental Science and Renewable Energy Engineering, already take a significant amount of chemistry, and need to take just a few more courses to get a chemistry minor too. Check out the requirements for the Chemistry Minor, or contact Prof. Seth Anthony for more details.

Applied Physics Minor

Contact Prof. Matt Beekman, Prof. Lisa Taylor or Prof. Robyn Wilde for more details about the Applied Physics Minor.

Sustainability Minor

The Natural Sciences department is a partner in the interdisciplinary Sustainability Minor. Contact Prof. Michael Hughes for more details about that minor.

About Us

The departmental faculty advise students. View the list of academic advisors.

Students also can meet with an Health, Arts, and Science advisor (the advisor for the College of HAS is listed below). If a student is unsure who their assigned academic advisor is, please contact the department chairperson or the college’s HAS advisor.


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