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Important COVID-19 Response Information

While we are currently working on detailed plans for our courses in the upcoming fall semester, in accordance with University policy, students will not be required to report to campus for in-person classes. Material from in-person classes will be made available so that students should be able to complete the course remotely. Please check the University’s webpage for more up-to-date information.

Never hesitate to reach out to us as well. We are here for you.

In line with the current policy of the University of Pennsylvania, prospective Biology majors must declare the major online. You can access the declaration forms here. Once filled out, email the forms to robcorra@sas.upenn.edu and you will receive instructions on how to proceed with the declaration process. You should have an official worksheet in Penn In Touch before declaring the major. Contact your pre-major advisor to update your worksheet. If you are on registration hold, the hold will be removed after you have an online meeting with your assigned Biology advisor.

If you intend to enroll in BIOL 399/499 this upcoming Fall 2020 semester please fill out the attached application and submit it, along with your proposal (guidelines), to the Undergraduate Coordinator by September 8th. Most students will not be able to be on campus to work in a wet lab this semester. Students are encouraged (NOT required) to pursue a project that will allow them to collect and analyze data remotely. Additionally, students will also be able to use BIOL 425 or Dr. David Roos' independent study course to fulfill research requirements of the major. Details about Dr. Roos' course are available here. If you are planning to use BIOL 425 or Dr. Roos' course to fulfill a research requirement this semester, please fill out this survey.

Seniors, in the scenario that you are not able to enroll in any of the aforementioned courses, you will have the option to request a waiver for the research requirement of your concentration, and fulfill the requirement with an approved 300/400-level course. For more information, please email the Undergraduate Coordinator.

The Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes you! Our program is committed to providing students with a wide range of opportunities to explore the remarkable diversity of biological systems in the modern world. In addition to the general major, students have the option to pursue studies within one of six different concentrations, each offering a more specialized introduction to theoretical and experimental work in a particular area of Biology. Beyond their curricular studies, majors are able to conduct biological research in virtually any lab on Penn’s campus, including the medical school and hospital system. In addition, many of our students study abroad, supplementing their studies at Penn with coursework at universities such as Edinburgh and advanced ecological fieldwork in places like Australia, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. All majors are supported by an attentive and engaged network of faculty and peer advisors throughout the duration of the program.

Dr. Mecky Pohlschröder, our Undergraduate Chair, invites you to explore the Department of Biology’s Webpage.