Exploring Life & Science . . . Naturally
Concordia’s biology major provides a unique hands-on approach to science that permeates all course work. Students develop strong connections with PhD biologists, all of whom have had substantial experience in scientific research and are anxious to share that experience with students. Whether you are planning to become a medical doctor, dentist, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, molecular biologist, ecologist, field biologist, or researcher, the curriculum of our biology major will challenge you to learn by doing, becoming an active creator of new knowledge.
Our graduates tell us that our challenging curriculum served them well and put them ahead of the curve in their graduate programs, helping them excel in medical schools, dental schools, doctor of physical therapy programs, and many other graduate programs in the biological sciences or allied health fields. We encourage you to come be a part of this exciting area of study.
When it comes to laboratory research, Concordia puts you front and center right from the start. Our three new labs greatly enhance the ability of Concordia students and faculty to do pioneering research on campus, expanding the ability for student research in tissue culture, analytical chemistry, and biology. And a new $20,000 fluorescent microscope makes it possible to perform high-end biological research.
- Recent state-of-the-art laboratory renovations expanded the analytical chemistry lab, cell culture lab, and the biology research lab
- A biology degree is the perfect stepping stone for medical school, dental school, physician’s assistant school and other medical fields, as well as veterinary medicine
- Career opportunities include physical therapy, biological research, environmental science, forestry, ecology, neuroscience, genetics, and more
“Working in the lab at Concordia allowed me to be ahead of many of my colleagues who didn’t have as many lab-based classes. I was well-prepared to accomplish a thesis in cancer research and work in a clinical lab, providing results that doctors use every day to make decisions about patient care.” – Shalina Morris ‘09
How a college degree pays off
Among the most frequently asked questions from potential college students and their parents deals with career opportunities. “Can I get a job in that field?” and “What are the salary ranges?”
It is difficult to answer either question with specifics. Securing a job in any field depends on many factors, including the strength of the economy, market trends in specific job markets and skills of the college graduate in relationship to other job applicants.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article (May 7, 2015) on college degrees and income. Melissa Korn states, “On average, college graduates earn about $1 million more in their lifetimes than do adults who only completed high school.” But you need to drill deeper into the details to understand how educational decisions can impact potential earnings. While you need a subscription to the WSJ to read the entire article, you can watch a video on their website to grasp the scope of the story (click "wsj.com/TheShortAnswer" in the lower right corner of the graph). Click HERE for the earnings graph by discipline. The complete report from the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown University can be accessed here: The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.
In addition, PayScale provides a college salary report as to how different majors and degrees potentially affect lifetime earnings. Click on the "Major Grouping" to the left of the graph and drag your mouse over the various lines on the graph to highlight specific majors/disciplines and median earnings potential. The graph compares different degree levels along with years in the workforce. Salary information is collected by PayScale through online surveys.
Thanks for considering a degree from Concordia University Portland. We provide high quality instruction across programs to equip our graduates to transform society.