Students can get great research experience while in the undergraduate program. The Biology and Ecology faculty provide opportunities for students to conduct research in laboratory and field settings through courses such as BIO 387/388 (Undergraduate Research in Biology) and HON 490 (Honors Thesis). Independent-research opportunities also exist within certain upper-level courses such as BIO 450 (Histology), BIO 454 (Invertebrate Functional Morphology), and BIO 475 (Field Marine Ecology). All of these research experiences can be used for credit toward the Capstone Experience, which is one of the General Education Requirements.
Literature-based research, in the form of an independent-reading project under the direction of a faculty member, is also possible and can also satisfy the requirement for a Capstone Experience. This can be done through BIO 391/392 (Independent Study in Biology) or BIO 402 (Capstone Experience).
There are also research employment opportunities such as student lab and field assistants. Students who do undergraduate research often develop useful skills, get ideas about careers, and have something significant to add to their resumes.
Faculty in SBE advertise opportunities for student research on the CUGR site (Center for Undergraduate Research), through Student Employment, and job postings. Students who have an interest in the topics of a class they may have had with a faculty member are encouraged to contact them to explore possibilities. Interest in research projects that faculty describe in their web pages may lead to opportunities for student research. Faculty are willing to discuss these opportunities.