Biology undergraduate students share a table reading the labels on food containers in a service learning class

Undergraduate

Undergraduates in the Department of Biological Sciences explore the complex structure of the living world, from biomolecules to ecosystems, 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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From Classroom to Career

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.

 

Biology students discussing in a service learning class

 


 

 


Undergraduate Spotlight

Phoebe Elizaga, BS ’20

On the Roof of Africa

Phoebe Elizaga, BS ’20, embarked on a six-day trek with fellow students to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and raise money for childhood cancer research. The biology major hiked through five different ecosystems, from rainforest to alpine desert to arctic snowcap, along the journey to scale the 19,341-foot mountain.