Welcome Students!

The courses on this page aim to help First-Year students find enriching experiences in Biology at Washington University.

Courses marked with an asterisk* engage First-Year students in discussions about current biological research. They are optional and do not replace requirements for the Biology major or for pre-health careers. See the Handbook for Biology Majors for details of Biology major requirements.

Bio 1260, Bio 2651, Bio 2654, Bio 2950 and Bio 3100 are available to freshmen as well as upper-level students.

Bio 112* – Introduction to Problem-Based Learning in Biology (fall)

How do we solve cases in modern biology and medicine?

Bio 1260*-The Secret Lives of Plants (fall)

Would you like to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the plant kingdom? To help young scientists understand the primary scientific literature? Or possibly pursue a career in plant biology?

Bio 171* – Neuroscience Futures 1 (fall)

In this course you will learn how neurobiologists conduct and communicate research.

Bio 1770*- The Biology of Dog Breeds (spring)

Using the topics of dog behavior and genetics, you will contribute to the building of and online public resource that summarizes current scientific literature on Dog breeds.

Biol 1771/1772* – Special Topics in Biology: Plant-Pathogen Interactions

This course aims to foster the development of student-professor mentoring relationships.

Bio 181*- First-Year Opportunity: Introduction to Cutting-Edge Research in Biology (fall)

Would you like to learn how biologists pursue their profession? Or what exactly happens in a research setting?

Bio 1811*-First Year Opportunity: Research and Conservation in Zoos and Botanical Gardens (fall)

In this course students will learn of the diverse and cutting-edge ways in which scientists and conservationists study the world’s biological diversity and work to conserve it.

Bio 191*-Phage Hunters (fall)

Students in this course join a national experiment organized by HHMI, with the goal of isolating and characterizing bacteriophage viruses found in soil.

Bio 192*-AMP: Phage Bioinformatics (spring)

How do you use computers to analyze the DNA sequence of a virus?

Bio 2010*-AMP: The Science of Biotechnology (fall)

How do biotech companies start, obtain funding, and navigate intellectual property?

Bio 2020*-Biotechnology Entrepreneurs Seminar (spring)

How can we become bio-entrepreneurs?

Bio 2431* – Ampersand: Pathfinder – A Sense of Place: Discovering Missouris Natural Heritage (fall)

Students in this course focus on Missouri’s geology, climate, archaeology, and native mega-fauna. Multiple camping trips provide a wonderful opportunity to apply classroom concepts to Missouri’s ecosystems and ecological habitats.

Bio 2651*- MedPrep I – The Lecture Series (fall, spring, and summer)

How can you become the most prepared and competitive applicant for medical school?

Bio 2654*-MedPrep II – The Shadowing Experience (fall and spring)

Are you interested in a behind-the-scenes experience of a life in medicine?

Bio 2950-Intro. to Environmental Biology (fall)

How can we feed a growing population and conserve biodiversity without destroying the planet?

Bio 3010-Biotechnology Project (fall, spring)

Discover how science innovations make their way into the real world.

Bio 3100-R Workshop in Biology (fall)

A hands-on primer of the R programming language and its applications in biology ranging from ecology to genomics