Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research

Faculty encourage students to pursue research as part of their undergraduate education. Many students earn academic credit for the research that they do with Biology faculty.

The department has two undergraduate courses (BIOL 4000 and BIOL 4001) that allow students to become involved in biologically related research with a faculty mentor.

Students develop an understanding of the scientific method and receive a realistic view of research. Students who wish to become involved in research should contact a suitable faculty sponsor prior to meeting with their advisor. More detailed information about faculty research interests can be found here.

BIOL 4000. Research I. (1-2).

Consultation, reading, and laboratory and/or field work in a selected area of biology under supervision of faculty member. No more than five total credit hours of research and practicum (BIOL 4000, BIOL 4001, and BIOL 4570) can be applied toward degree requirements

BIOL 4001. Research II. (2-3).

Laboratory and/or field work in a selected area of biology under supervision of a faculty member; formal paper and presentation of research results at a professional meeting or departmental seminar required. No more than five total credit hours of research and practicum (BIOL 4000, BIOL 4001, BIOL 4570) can be applied toward degree requirements.

BIOL 4570. Practicum. (3)

Students conducting research or an internship off campus may qualify for Practicum credit hours toward degree requirements. A formal paper and presentation of the Practicum experience/research is required. No more than five total credit hours of research and practicum (BIOL 4000, BIOL 4001, BIOL 4570) can be applied toward degree requirements.

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