Welcome to the Biology Undergraduate Programs
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Biology is the study of life, from the smallest molecular details to the largest ecological interactions. The collective expertise of our faculty reflects the diversity of biology. We are one of the largest majors on campus, with 30 faculty, a vibrant undergraduate population of 900+ majors, and an active graduate population (Masters and Ph.D.) of 90+ students.
We work closely with students to develop their critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as their understanding of the natural world and the complexity and beauty of science. Our undergraduates interact with faculty in class, class labs, mentored projects in research laboratories and various student organizations, in addition to having access to faculty for advisement. Our faculty and programs have been recognized at the University, National and International levels (detailed below).
Our physical home for undergraduate instruction is the Integrated Science and Learning Labs that has state-of-the-art instructional resources. We are proud of our innovative learning spaces and approaches, which include course-based experimental research experiences (CUREs) of 12-16 students for all of our undergraduate majors. Full-time faculty teach the majority of our classes, which are typically less than 100 students and often much smaller. Outside of class, we have a dedicated undergraduate advisor as well as Biology faculty advisors for our upper-class students.
Our research laboratories are located in Wolf Hall on the main campus. Many faculty receiving extramural research grant funding from National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among other sources, welcome undergraduates in their labs by sponsoring several undergraduate independent study research experiences at any one time. Students working on these research projects may receive support from the Summer Scholars Program, which offers fellowships from the Charles Peter White Fund, the Jeremie M. Axe Award, the Milton Stetson Fund and the Patricia A. DeLeon Fund, among others. Fellowships are also available through the University's INBRE Program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Our undergraduate researchers regularly win awards in regional, national or international scientific meetings for their original research conducted in our department.