Biology Research Concentration


The Biology Research Concentration is challenging track designed for highly motivated students interested in pursuing futher research in graduate school, or careers in industry, medicine, and science education. Students can enter the program at any time as long as they complete the following additional requirements prior to graduation.

An Independent Research Project

The research experience needs to be the equivalent of 4 credits. There are several ways you can fulfill the research experience. For example, one summer of full-time research (40 hours a week for 11 weeks) is equivalent to 6 credits OR  participation of one semester of academic year research (5 hours per week) is equivalent to 1 credit.

Summer positions  -- Salaried or credit
                                    --  Full-time or part-time
                                    --  In the laboratory of a Gonzaga faculty member or off-campus at another university
                                    -- Students often continue their research during the academic year

Academic year positions -- For stipend or credit
                                              -- 5 hours per week during the semester

Presenting and Writing About Research

  • Students attend and present their research at regional or national conference
  • Travel grants with an average amount of $500 are available to help defray the out-of-pocket costs
  • Write up of research. This is an opportunity to formally write about the independent research project

Exploring the Life of a Research Scientist

  • BIOL 484 - Biology Research Seminar gives the student a chance to read and write about current research in biology, explore their own intersts in the field and envision their own careers.
  • Attend seminars from invited speakers in the departments of Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, and Mathematics. Additionally, the President's Lecture Series and the O'Leary Series give the student the chance to interact with premier scientists. Students enrolled in the Research Concentration attend 12 of these seminars while they are at Gonzaga and write up their reflections on them both in BIOL 484 and independently.

Increasing Quantitative Skills  

Students take additional math classes to further prepare them for the demanding and rewarding careers they will undertake as Gonzaga graduates.

  • A college calculus course, such as Survey of Calculus, MATH 148 or Calculus and Analytical Geometry I, MATH 157
  • A statistics course, such as Introductory Statistics, MATH 121 or Biological Data Analysis, BIOL 305

Science Education Outreach

Gonzaga University is committed to building partnerships with local schools and community groups as we strive to improve scientific literacy in our community. With this goal in mind, outreach programs include class visits, field trip tours, special summer programs, and more. Research Concentration students participate in outreach for a single semester, although many find it personally rewarding and return for as many semesters as their schedules permit.

For More Information Contact

Dr. Nancy Staub or Angie Hinz

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