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Beyond the Classroom

Your education in biology is enhanced greatly by what you do inside the classroom and also by your involvement with the department, your peers, and the wider community. National surveys also tell us that employers believe the top experiences they desire in college graduates include an internship, community service, collaborative project with peers, advanced research project, and study abroad. Here are some of the possibilities for our students to create a well-rounded education.

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The National Biological Honor Society, TriBeta, is an organization for undergraduate students and is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

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Study Abroad & Study USA

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The UM Department of Biology offers many opportunities for students interested in broadening their horizons via travel and study both inside and outside the United States. The locations and courses chosen for these excursions grant our students a more holistic view of the field of biology beyond our classrooms on campus.

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Research Opportunities

The Department of Biology faculty mentor undergraduate students in research activity.

Research in the department ranges from scales of the gene to the ecosystem, with many faculty bridging sub-disciplines of biology in their areas of interest. Areas of research emphasis are indicated below.

The department maintains a database of research opportunities for undergraduates, and students can talk about their interests in becoming engaged in research with their academic advisor and the professors of their biology courses.

An interesting external resource is, which provides strategies to navigate opportunities in STEM research and tips to get the most out of your experience.

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Conservation and Restoration Biology
Evolution, Biodiversity, and Systematics
Freshwater, Marine, and Wetland Ecology
Neurobiology, Behavior, and Physiology
Symbioses and Species Interactions