The department encourages our students to take on research projects. These projects help to develop more independent problem-solving abilities, strengthen your academic record as you prepare for professional schools or graduate work, and can be fun!
Research Participation Courses
The Biology Department offers research courses as part of the curriculum. With the advice of Biology faculty and your departmental advisor, you may elect to take one or more semesters of Research Participation courses during your undergraduate career. Typically you would wait until your third year to take Biology 318/319. You could elect Biology 418/419 in your senior year. Each course counts as two elective credits for Biology majors. If you're a Biochemistry student, you take Biology 418/419 to fulfill requirements of the major. Click to review a Description of Courses from the Undergraduate Catalog.
Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Research Program
The Department of Biology offers summer research opportunities in the areas of cellular and molecular biology. This program, supported by the Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Research Endowment, provides selected students with a stipend, room and board, and a travel allowance. If you are chosen as a Fellow, you would work with a faculty member in the department for a 10-week period during the summer. Frequently, Borer Fellows continue their research during the regular academic year.