The Department of Biological Sciences
RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY
With broad research interest, the faculty,
and students in the Department of Biological Sciences at Cedar Crest College engage in
a wide variety of research projects. We strongly encourage all of our students to carry out
at least one year of research; many carry out research for two or more years. Most
students present their research at regional meetings, some present at major national and international meetings,
and some are co-authors of published research articles.
Our students become involved in research early in their academic careers. During the second semester of Principles of Biology (BIO 122), students work in small groups on freshman research projects. These projects are supervised by a faculty member or by a highly-qualified Undergraduate Research Director.
Following the freshman year, students can enroll in BIO 243 and begin independent research. Once a student completes Junior Colloquium (BIO 350), she can enroll in BIO 353 and begin research toward a thesis. If she chooses to write a thesis, she must complete two semesters of BIO 353 and enroll in BIO 354. She must also present the project to the full Department prior to graduation. Upon successful completion of BIO 354, the thesis title will appear on her academic transcript.