Undergraduate

If you intend to enroll in BIOL 399/499 this upcoming Spring 2021 semester please fill out the attached application and submit it, along with your proposal (guidelines), to the Undergraduate Coordinator by January 28th.

While students will not need approval from the college to conduct in-person research this semester, they will NOT be required to pursue an in-person project. Additionally, students will also be able to use BIOL 425 or BIOL376 to fulfill research requirements of the major.

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.

For more information about the Biology Department's undergraduate program, our Undergraduate Coordinator, Roberto Corral, will be hosting office hours through Zoom on Tuesdays, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Please follow this link to join the Zoom meeting.

Dr. Pohlschröder, our Undergraduate Chair, will also be hosting office hours on Wednesdays, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Please follow this link to join the Zoom meeting.

If you can't attend office hours, you can schedule an appointment by emailing Roberto Corral or Dr. Pohlschroder.

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.