Undergraduate Programs

  • For Applicants

    For Applicants

    The Department of Biology offers rigorous programs that prepare undergraduates for a variety of careers.

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  • For Current Students

    For Current Students

    Students can get information on career options, advising in Biology, summer research and teaching opportunities.

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  • Majors and Minor

    Majors and Minor

    The Department of Biology sponsors four majors and one minor.

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  • Pre-Med Curriculum

    Pre-Med Curriculum

    Undergraduate students will be well-prepared for a medical career.

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  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    Students are offered the opportunity to study abroad during the year while earning academic credit on their abroad program

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  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    There are many opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in research.

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  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Students have received national, university, and departmental awards for their achievements.

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  • Publications


    Our undergraduates have published in scientific journals.

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  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

    Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

    Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site program in Environmental Science will be funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation

The Department of Biology offers four majors and one minor.  Typically, students begin their program as a Biology major and take Foundations of Biology I and II in the first year.  In the second year, students may elect to stay as a Biology major or may apply to one of the more specialized majors - Environmental Biology, Biology of Global Health, or Neurobiology - and begin a different series of coursework to complete the majors. 

Our programs are designed to provide the finest education in biological principles and their application. Our departmental learning goals and advances in pedagogy (the art and science of teaching) are described in more detail here.  We emphasize inquiry-based coursework to promote analytical thinking and synthesis. Our curriculum is communication-intensive, giving students the opportunity to develop expertise in both written and oral forms of communication within the discipline; more information about our communication emphasis can be found hereAdditionally, we emphasize a research intensive experience both in coursework and in research laboratories; students can opt to conduct research in laboratories in our department, the medical school or elsewhere in D.C. through volunteering, research tutorials, and RISE (Research Intensive Senior Experience).

The Biology Department supports students as they pursue careers in medicine, research, biotechnology, education, business, or law. Our students are very successful in entering professional and graduate schools as well as careers of their choice. Read about our award-winning students and undergraduate publications.

Several programs exist to support student research, e.g.,GU Research Opportunities Program in addition to grant supported projects by individual faculty researchers.  Several students each summer receive support from alumni donations. 

There are many opportunities outside of the classroom including the student-led Biology Club, the Pre-Med Society, and the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service GERMS.