At UConn, biology majors learn by doing. They apply what they study in class through hands-on experiences like research, internships, student organizations, and study abroad.
By taking part in these experiences, you'll gain professional skills, make connections, and prepare for meaningful and fulfilling careers.
Getting involved in laboratory research or fieldwork as an undergraduate doesn't just build your resume. It can help you:
- define your academic goals,
- get exposure to new interests and career pathways, and
- build meaningful relationships with your professors and peers.
UConn biology majors can take advantage of a number of opportunities through faculty research labs and independent projects. These experiences can be the high point of your college experience and give you skills you’ll need after graduation.
Internships are work/learning experiences that give you the opportunity to apply your coursework to hands-on, real-world problems.
- Internships may be linked to an academic department and/or done for academic credit.
- An internship typically lasts between two and four months, and may be part time or full time.
- Some are paid, while others are not.
Clubs and Organizations
Getting involved in clubs and organizations is a great way to expand your social circle and round out your education. It can also build your experience with teamwork, leadership, communication, and time management - all skills that employers value.
UConn offers hundreds of student organizations and learning communities where you can explore your interests. Examples include:
- Major-affiliated student organizations, like the Undergraduate Organization of Molecular and Cell Biology, Physiology and Neurobiology Society, or the UConn SEEDS Club
- STEM Scholars Community, offered through the Honors Program
- Learning communities such as EcoHouse and Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WiMSE)
Studying abroad can expose you to different cultures and perspectives, and provide you with unparalleled opportunities to grow personally and academically.
UConn biology students can study abroad in many exciting places across the world. With careful planning, you can take part in this transformative experience while earning credits toward your major. You should consult with your advisor regarding how classes can count toward your degree.