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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, you can visit our Undergraduate Coordinator, Roberto Corral, at Leidy 102.
Our Undergraduate Chair, Dr. Paul Schmidt, will also be hosting office hours every week of the Spring 2022 semester on Monday (12-1 pm) and Thursday (3-4 pm). Please use the following link to join his office hours on Zoom.
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. Paul Schmidt, our Undergraduate Chair, invites you to explore the Department of Biology’s Webpage.