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BIOL 245W Biological Inquiry (1)

Through a collaborative research project, students will develop sophistication with the scientific process and production of biological knowledge. Students will be introduced to additional model systems and methods of biological observation at multiple scales of organization (biological molecules, cells, organisms, populations, ecosystems, etc.). Students will work together to integrate their existing understanding of biological systems and acquire new biological knowledge to generate a novel and testable question exploring the complex and dynamic living world. With faculty guidance, students will practice working within constraints (time, model system, budget, etc.) to design a feasible experiment, collect, analyze, and interpret data. Students will produce a formal scientific paper and ‘press release’ paper that articulates their question and hypothesis, summarizes their data, synthesizes what they have learned for different audiences.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Natural Sciences
  • Prerequisite: BIOL 241 (or concurrent enrollment)
  • Offering: Fall semester
  • Instructor: Staff