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

Alt Text Q & A: New Research Explores Evolutionary History of Central and South American AnolesJonathan Huie, a CCAS doctoral student, recently published a paper that bucks long held assumptions about which environments are hotbeds for extreme morphologies.
Alt Text Did Dinosaurs Hunt in the Dark?An international research team including biology professor James Clark studied how a tiny desert-living dinosaur used precise vision and owl-like hearing for nocturnal hunting.