Undergraduate Studies Overview

We offer undergraduate courses that enable majors and non-majors to understand and evaluate a broad spectrum of biological information. 

Honors Thesis Presentations

May 20th, 11:30 AM, LSC 200

Felix Rawlinson — Analysing the effect of varying concentrations of nasally administered ACAT1 inhibitors (F26) on ACAT activity in mice.

Research Advisor: TY Chang


 May 23rd, 1:30 PM, LSC 201

Julia Picker – Identification of DCAF Proteins for the CRL4 Ubiquitin Ligase Complex in the Wnt Signaling Pathway.

Research Advisor: Yashi Ahmed


May 23rd, 3:30 PM, LSC 201

Penelope Tir – Characterizing early dendritic growth of hippocampal neurons.

Research Advisor: Bryan Luikart 


May 24th, 11:30 AM, LSC 200

Alexander Stanford – Residency status of CD103-/CD69+ CD4T-cells in the brain

Research Advisor: Pamela Rosato 


May 24th, 2:30 PM, LSC 201

Sarah Lamson – Lipid Peroxidation Stabilizes BNIP3 to Induce Mitophagy and Protect Against Ferroptosis.

Research Advisor: Christopher Shoemaker 


May 24th, 3:30 PM, LSC 100

Wyatt Cummings – Insect communities in the Anthropocene: Acid rain and forest age as drivers of decline.

Research Advisor: Matthew Ayres 


May 24th, 4:15 PM, LSC 100

Ian Smith – Plant Hormone Signaling: Control of cell expansion in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Research Advisor: Eric Schaller 


May 28th, 9:00 AM, LSC 100

Whitney Thomas – Investigating LasR Dependent Citrate Cross-Feeding between pseudomonas aeruginosa and environmental isolates.

Research Advisor: Deborah Hogan 


May 28th, 9:45 AM, LSC 100

Soyeon Cho – Inflammation resulting from organophosphate exposure and its implications in Parkinson's Disease.

Research Advisor Matthew Havrda: 


May 28th, 2:30 PM, LSC 201

Farrar Ransom – The importance of macrofungal community composition in changing temperate forest ecosystems.

Research Advisor: Matthew Ayres 


May 28th, 3:30 PM, LSC 201

Dawn Lim – Balancing of Actin Polymerizing and depolymerizing factors required for Normal Growth

Research Advisor: Magdalena Bezanilla


May 28th, 4:15 PM, LSC 201

Chloe Park – Investigation of Eps1 function in the absence of Kar2.

Research Advisor: Charles Barlowe 


May 29th, 2:30 PM, LSC 201

Anne Katula – Using machine vision to assess global change impacts on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal traits.

Research Advisor: Bala Chaudhary 


May 29th, 3:30 PM, LSC 100

Anna Beth Swain – Investigating sex-specificity of systemic inflammatory responses in Alzheimer's Disease.

Research Advisor: Arti Gaur 


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Passcode: 917254

Undergraduate Studies

Students find diverse opportunities to pursue cutting-edge research in faculty laboratories and hands-on experimentation. Majors develop an in-depth understanding within an area of concentration, while non-majors explore research methods and approaches in the life sciences. 

Our faculty are committed to providing students with a broad exposure to biological processes and systems and a deep understanding of biology at environmental, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels.

With their faculty advisors, students extract DNA from plant and animal cells, study genetics of diverse life forms and species, translate their findings to higher organisms, and potentially impact human diseases and find solutions to environmental problems.

Departmental Learning Objectives for Undergraduate Biology Majors

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the major core concepts, theoretical underpinning and empirical findings of Biology (Content Goal)
  • Understand and apply basic research methods, including experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. (Research Methods Goal)
  • Understand and apply mathematical approaches to analyze, interpret and model biological processes. (Quantitative Goal)
  • Use critical thinking and reasoning, skeptical inquiry and scientific approach to solve problems. (Critical Thinking Goal)
  • Demonstrate writing and oral communication skills important for communicating scientific ideas. (Communications Goal)
  • Understand the major ethical issues being addressed by professional biologists (Science and Society Goal)

General Information

This site provides information useful to current and prospective undergraduate students, including descriptions of our course majors and minors, and advising program; an overview of research opportunities in biology; and helpful links about careers in biology. To learn more about a particular topic, use the links listed in this section on Undergraduate Studies.

If you have any questions not covered here or in the Organization-Regulations-Courses (ORC), please contact any member of the Undergraduate Committee. Undergraduate Committee members are Prof. Natasha Grotz and Prof. Thomas Jack. If you are a prospective student and would like to set up an appointment with a faculty member, please contact the department office by email.

If you would like assistance with introductory or foundation courses in biology, the Teaching Science Fellows may be able to help.  For more information, please click on this link to visit their web page.