The courses described below comprise the Experiential Learning Courses required as part of the General Biology Track for the B.S. in Biology degree. They may also be used as Upper Division Biology Electives or Directed Electives. Some, but not all, of these courses can also be used towards the Biology minor as detailed below. Consult your advisor and/or faculty mentor for advice on which course you should take.
Registration for this course is by departmental permission only. An Off-Campus Internship is an excellent way to gain experience important for many employers, graduate schools, and professional schools. An Off-Campus Internship allows students to earn academic credit while gaining valuable experience. Before you register or contact the department coordinator for internships, look for a suitable internship opportunity that would give you job experience for the career that you want to have. The experience can either be paid or unpaid. For best results, start your search early so that all of the necessary paperwork can be completed well before the start of the semester. Once you have found a potential internship position, contact Dr. Musolf with the details.
With an On-Campus Internship, you will work closely with a faculty member to help them with some type of semester-long project. It could be a research-related project or an education-based project (like working as a teacher's assistant for a particular class). Interested students should contact a faculty member and arrange the details of the project with them as well as the learning objectives before enrolling in this course. (Enrollment is by permission only.)
The Introductory Research course is designed for students who have limited or no prior research experience. Students will work closely with a particular faculty member on an individualized research project, gaining valuable knowledge in reading primary literature, keeping a lab notebook, formulating hypotheses, designing and executing an experiment, and analyzing experimental results. You must contact a faculty member and arrange a project with them before enrolling in this course. (Enrollment is by permission only.)
The Research Practicum is a more advanced individualized research experience. Students with some prior research experience should consider this course, as they will be expected to work more independently than students enrolled in the Introductory Research Course. You must contact a faculty member and arrange a project with them before enrolling in this course. (Enrollment is by permission only.)