Undergraduates in the Department of Biological Sciences explore the complex structure of the living world, from biomolecules to ecosystems, and from anatomy to zoology. Beyond the walls of GW’s labs, our backyard of Washington, D.C. offers community service opportunities and research collaborations with the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian Institution.

Our faculty are awarded millions of dollars in research grants every year, offering collaborative research opportunities in a wide range of topics. Through these collaborative activities, our students gain powerful research experience during their undergraduate years.

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Biology students can participate in special Engaged Learning Opportunities, which are unique to Columbian College. These programs leverage the university's resources and location to offer students exclusive seminars, scholarships and professional development.

Biology undergraduates have taken advantage of Dean's Seminars, received Luther Rice Fellowships and worked in the lab with researchers during summer Harlan Undergraduate Research Fellowships.



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Undergraduate Spotlight

Alex Jahangir Leader of the Nashville COVID-19 Response Credits GW for Career SuccessIt was an average day in 1995 when Alex Jahangir, B.S. ’99, went to a shopping mall in Nashville to meet one of his friends.
D. gvnigeusgwotli in life, from Straight Fork, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina Salamander Species Shed Evolutionary LightThree new species of black-bellied salamander were discovered by a research team led by R. Alexander Pyron, the Robert F. Griggs Associate Professor of Biology.