Research Courses

Research Courses

The College of Biological Science strives to give each student, some opportunity to participate in the scholar of research. Each department offers a variety of research experiences from topics courses to full research and thesis projects. These courses vary in credit weight and range from 0.50 credits in one semester, all the way to 2.00 across two semesters.

The following are the steps involved to sign up for a research course. 

  1. Students interested in research experiences are advised to start looking for potential advisors at least a semester prior to when they hope to start the “course”.  Prior to enrolling in the course, students must have an advisor identified, who has agreed to take them on for the project. Each faculty member on campus has a profile website that highlights their research interests as well as recent publications. It is advised that students look through the profile pages prior to meeting with a faculty member to determine if the research interests match with their own.
  2. The student should meet with the advisor to discuss the project so all parties are clear on the expectations for the project and which course best suits the project.
  3. Once an advisor is identified the student will need to complete the departmental project information form. The departmental form is normally available on each of the departmental websites under undergraduate courses. The departmental form is normally within the course outlines.
  4. Once the departmental form is completed the student will need to bring the form to the course coordinator – this is the individual on WebAdvisor who is indicated as the instructor for the course. The instructor will then sign the course waiver form, which the student will then bring over to the Registrar’s Office to be processed.

Please note the College of Biological Science offers research opportunities under the following subject areas. 

Integrative Biology (IBIO)
Human Kinetics (HK)
Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)

Students may also want to consider the following subject areas, depending the nature of the project and the supervisor.

Animal Science (ANSC)
Biomedical Science  (BIOM)
Environmental Sciences (ENVS)
Psychology, (PSYC)
Neuroscience (NEUR)

Please note that some of the research courses are restricted to specific majors and/or have specific course pre-requisites. If you do not meet the restriction or do not have the necessary pre-requisites it is the student’s responsibility to contact the coordinator to inquire about waiving the restriction/pre-requisite.