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Biology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students


Pacific's undergraduate program in Biology provides students with the intellectual foundation and practical skills to conduct original research in the area of biological sciences.

  • Biology undergraduates have the opportunity to become fully integrated members of cutting-edge research laboratories as well as experience field research biology.
  • Many of the faculty research projects are supported by federal funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NationalScience Foundation (NSF).
  • Over the past 10 years, over 35 undergraduate students have co-authored significant research papers.


Undergraduates Take Active Roles


The Biology Department has 17 active faculty members and 5 emeriti. All members perform laboratory/and or field research, actively involving student participation.

Since the College of the Pacific is considered a primarily undergraduate research institution (PUI), the advancements of research projects in the Biology Department largely depend upon experimental work performed by undergraduate research students.

Whereas larger research institutions primarily use Ph.D. candidates or post-doctoral students to gather scientific data, at Pacific, undergraduate students fulfill this role.

Learning Objectives


The fundamental objective of the undergraduate research experience at Pacific is to give students the opportunity to conduct first-rate, hands-on research. Students learn about scientific reasoning, laboratory methodology, the bridge between theory and application, and the value of scientific communication.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Provide undergraduates with the opportunity to conduct original research that is at the frontier of science
  • Develop the physical and intellectual tools necessary for modern biological research
  • Foster interactions with faculty and other undergraduate students to enhance scientific communication and writing skills

This creates unparalleled research opportunities and unprecedented experiences for students at the undergraduate level.