Real-World Learning

The Department of Biology believes that real-world learning fosters education and engagement outside the classroom. Our students learn by doing through internships, undergraduate research, study abroad and more.


Through internships, you can gain skills — as well as credits toward your major — to help you prepare for your future post graduation.

student Abigail Oyelayo working in a science lab using petri dishes


Undergraduate research can be a valuable experience. Through inquiry or investigation conducted under the mentorship of a senior researcher, you can make an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

v.c.u. student peering through a microscope

Study Abroad

Study abroad can help you gain new perspectives and experience relevant to your biology studies while you also build valuable communication and cross-cultural skills.

a miniature globe with push pins stuck in various points around it