Bio 200/500 is an independent research course which is available to all Washington University  undergraduates.

This course gives students the opportunity to earn credit for completing research in a lab with an approved mentor. It provides opportunities for students to gain experience in using the scientific method to resolve problems of scientific importance. This includes acquiring technical skills, reading and evaluating articles in the scientific literature, gaining experience in designing and conducting experiments, learning to evaluate experimental data in relation to existing knowledge, and in expanding skills at communicating results of research both orally and in writing. Students who spend several semesters and a summer(s) in the same laboratory often accomplish enough to be co-author of a paper in a scientific journal.