Undergraduate Studies Overview

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

2020 Honors Thesis Presentations

Zoom link information for the presentations

May 15th

1:00 PM  Courtney T. Stump - A Prophylactic Murine Ovarian Cancer Vaccination is Protective and T Cell-Dependent

Research Advisor: Prof. Steven Fiering

May 20th

11:00 AM  Eric R. Laderman - Investigating Regulation of Chloroplast Structure Modification Under Iron Deficiency

Research Advisor: Prof. Mary Lou Guerinot

2:00 PM*  Alana C. Bernys - The Chromatin Remodeler Brahma is Required for Accurate Segregation in Drosophila Oocytes

Research Advisor: Prof. Sharon Bickel 

*Please note time change as of 5/13/20

May 21st

11:00 AM  Emma S. Esterman - Evolution of DNA Packaging in Gene Transfer Agents and Viruses

Research Advisor: Prof. Olga Zhaxybayeva

May 22nd

9:00 AM  Katherine R. Kane - Effects of Cell Type-Specific PTEN Knockdown on Nerve Regeneration in the Peripheral Nervous System

Research Advisor: Prof. Jennifer Hong

11:00 AM  Hannah J. Marr - Evolutionary Origins of Female Vibrational Signals in Lebinthine Crickets

Research Advisor: Prof. Hannah ter Hofstede

1:00 PM  Alexsandra V. Terrio - Exploring SREBPs and Hypoxia Adaptation in Scedosporium apiospermum

Research Advisor: Prof. Robert Cramer

2:00 PM  Franklin E. Corea-Dilbert - Targeting the Chk1/Flap Endonuclease 1 (FEN1) Connection in BRCA-deficient Tumors

Research Advisor: Prof. Yolanda Sanchez

3:00 PM  Andrew J. Li - Thermal Marking in Otolith Age Determination of Young Brook Trout

Research Advisor: Prof. Kathy Cottingham

May 26th

11:00 AM  Sruti Pari - Characterizing the Role of sieve/Psc in Regulating Mitosis during Early Drosophila Embryogenesis

Research Advisor: Prof. Bing He

12:00 PM  Tanner Aiono - Effects of Compost Addition on Carbon Dynamics in Temperate Grasslands

Research Advisor: Prof. Caitlin Hicks-Pries

 

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.

Our learning objectives for undergraduates

Majors

  • Acquire a foundation in biology in order to understand and evaluate a broad spectrum of biological information; for example, information presented in the media and relevant to public policy decisions.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding within a biological area of concentration, designed in consultation with faculty to meet the student’s educational and career goals. Such depth will allow students to understand and critically evaluate current scientific literature in one or more areas of biology.
  • Understand research methods and approaches currently used in the life sciences through coursework and through an independent research project under the supervision of a Dartmouth faculty member.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop written and oral communication skills, allowing for accurate communication of biology information to scientists and non-scientists.

Our learning objectives for undergraduates

Minors

  • Acquire a foundation in biology in order to understand and evaluate a broad spectrum of biological information; for example, information presented in the media and relevant to public policy decisions.
  • Understand research methods and approaches currently used in the life sciences through coursework and by having the opportunity to perform an independent research project under the supervision of a Dartmouth faculty member.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop written and oral communication skills, allowing for accurate  communication of biology information to scientists and non-scientists.

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.  Feel free to contact them at: Miranda.M.Greig@dartmouth.edu and Alice.J.Hsu@dartmouth.edu.

 

 

 

 

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