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Creative Inquiry Information -

Creative Inquiry includes all intensive, discovery-oriented approaches to learning. Emphasis is placed on providing experience that will be meaningful to undergraduate students, and will promote reasoning and critical thinking skills, ethical judgement, and communication skills, as well as a deep understanding of the methods of scientific and/or humanities research. If you have an idea about a project that isn't listed, talk to your advisor.

To see which research projects are currently available, click here.

Curriculum Checklists -

(B.S. in Biological Sciences)

Biology encompasses the broad spectrum of the modern life sciences, from cells, through tissues, entire organisms, communities of organisms, ecosystems, and up through the integrated existence of life on the entire planet. Descriptive, structural, functional, and evolutionary questions are explored through the hierarchy of the organization of life. Applications of current advances to the health and well-being of man and society, to nature and the continuation of earth as a balanced ecosystem, and to an appreciation of the place of natural science in our cultural heritage receive emphasis.

Majors in Biological Sciences receive classroom, laboratory, and field training in biology with an emphasis on chemistry, mathematics, and physics as necessary tools. The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences curriculum prepares students for graduate study in any of the life science areas (such as agricultural sciences, biochemistry, botany, cell and molecular biology, conservation, ecology and environmental science, entomology, forestry, genetics, industrial and regulatory biology, microbiology, morphology, physiology, wildlife biology, and zoology; for the health professions (medicine, dentistry, etc.), veterinary medicine; and for science teaching.

Curriculum Checklists for the B.S. in Biological Sciences:

B.A. in Biological Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences provides a strong foundation in biology and is ideal for students desiring a liberal education emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to a thorough understanding of the life sciences.

Curriculum Checklists for the B.A. in Biological Sciences:

B.S. in Microbiology

Microbiology deals with the study of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, filamentous fungi, protozoa, and unicellular algae. Microbiologists seek to describe these organisms in terms of their structures, functions, and processes of reproduction, growth, and death at both the cellular and molecular levels. They are also concerned with their ecology, particularly in regard to their pathological effects on man, and with their economic importance.

The Microbiology major provides a thorough training in the basic microbiological skills. Further, students receive instruction in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biochemistry, all essential to the training of a modern microbiologist. Students can prepare for a variety of careers through a wide choice of electives. The Microbiology curriculum with Molecular Biology Concentration is recommended for students planning postgraduate programs. Microbiology graduates may enter graduate school in microbiology, biochemistry, bioengineering, or related disciplines; they may enter a medical or dental school or pursue a career in one of the many industries or public service departments dependent upon microbiology. Some of these are the fermentation and drug industries, medical and public health microbiology, various food industries, and agriculture.

Microbiology majors planning to apply for admission to a medical or dental school should inform their advisors immediately upon entering the program.

Curriculum Checklists for the B.A. in Microbiology:

Pre-Professional Degrees

Curriculum checklists for our Pre-professional degrees. For additional paths to professional health schools beyond our offerings, please visit the College of Agriculture, Forestry, & Life Science's Pre-Health advising page.

Graduation Information


Internship Contracts

Internships -

Internship Instructor: Dr. Robert Kosinski. Internships are a good way to learn about a career, make contacts, and gain experience in biology. Some internships may provide opportunities to do an original research project — a very rewarding experience that will show you how science works and get you thinking about graduate school. Internships may be either paid or unpaid.  The student has to have actual work duties, not just be observing or shadowing.

Departmental Internship Courses: BIOL 4920 Internship for Biological Sciences 1-4(3-12) or MICR 4920 Internship for Microbiology 1-4(3-12). Preplanned internship at an advisor-approved facility to give students learning opportunities beyond their classroom experiences. Students submit a Student Internship Contract and a two-page study plan before the internship and a comprehensive report within one week of the end of the internship. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. To be taken Pass/No Pass only. Preq: Consent of instructor


      1. Locate an internship and identify a mentor at the place of employment;
      2. Fill out an Internship Contract that acts as a contract between the employer mentor and the student.
      3. Student Internship Contract signed by both the student and the mentor
      4. Return contract to Ms. Jackie Van Strien, 138 Long Hall, 656-0854,
      5. Complete the internship;
      6. File a final report and submit to Ms. Van Strien;
      7. Have the mentor send a letter or e-mail to Ms. Van Strien evaluating the student;
      8. Dr. Kosinski reviews the submitted documents and assigns a pass/fail grade.

Credits: Credit at the rate of 1 credit for 45 hours of employment.Summer Enrollment:  Students must register for at least one summer school credit of BIOL 4920.  Students may register for the remaining 1-3 credits in the fall when the internship credits will be part of their fall tuition.

Internships with an original research component may qualify for BIOL 4910 credit. BIOL 4910 Special Problems in Biological Sciences 2-4(0,6-12). Research problems in selected areas of biological sciences to provide an introduction to research planning and techniques. May be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Preq: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

Internship Web Sites: A listing of internships available to students interested in obtaining valuable field and/or laboratory experience - the best way to spend your summer!  Paid and volunteer opportunities are presented.

Senior Seminar -

Senior Seminar is a required capstone course engaging students in analysis and discussion of both technical and non-technical literature in biological sciences and from current biology topics and events. Emphasis is placed on ethical issues that arise as a result of biological research.
There are two course numbers, BIOL 4930 and MICR 4930.  Students can take either course.  The topic is different depending on the section. Contact your advisor or the current courses offered for each semester for more information.

Undergraduate Research 4910 - 

4910 allows students to work more directly and independently with a faculty mentor and the other lab members, as opposed to Creative Inquiry, where students works as part of a team of other undergraduates, the faculty member, and their lab staff. The 4910 mentored research problems introduce undergraduates to the planning and execution of research and the presentation of research findings.
The research areas are not listed in iROAR but can be found in the Undergraduate Handbook under Faculty Research Interests on Pg 50. Students interested in undergraduate research will choose a section based on either the faculty member they would like to work under or by the research area they're interested in. The number of credits awarded for this class varies depending on how many hours they will meet each week. This is determined by agreement between the student and faculty member.
Consider checking with the faculty to see which research areas or projects other student have worked on recently.
Here is the process for registering for an undergraduate research course:

1. Students should contact the instructor of the course and seek permission to take the course.
2. Upon approval, the student should ask the instructor to email the registration coordinator.
3. Upon notification from instructor, the registration coordinator will grant an override and notify the student.
4. Once notified the student should register for the course. Make sure to change the number of credits if you will be receiving more than 1 credit. This can be done by using the drop down arrow and selecting the appropriate credit.

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