Undergraduate Student Resources

From tutoring and advising to guidance on transfers and credits, Columbian College and the Department of Biological Sciences offer students a range of resources to make their biology experience as productive and enjoyable as possible. 

For personal, academic or career plan guidance, talking to your academic advisor is a good place to start. Not sure who your advisor is? Contact the department’s undergraduate advisor.



Declaring a Major or Minor


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Before declaring, speak to the undergraduate advisor for the Department of Biological Sciences. He/she will help you select an advisor in your area of interest. Print or retrieve a Declaration of Major/Minor Form from the Columbian College Undergraduate Academic Advising Office and complete it with your advisor.



Departmental Employment and Funding



Scholarships, assistantships and other professional opportunities can help fund education and build impressive résumé material.

The Department of Biological Sciences employs students and volunteers in the office, greenhouse and as learning assistants (LAs) in lecture classes and undergraduate teaching assistants (UGTAs) in laboratory classes. Students who receive Federal Work-Study (FWS) are given preference for many of these positions.

Undergraduate TAs & Laboratory Preparation Assistants: Apply through GW Handshake or contact Lab Coordinator Hannah Grudi.

Learning Assistants: Contact Aidan Manubay.

Greenhouse Volunteers: Contact the greenhouse manager.

Social Media VolunteersContact the department to apply to assist with the biology website, news articles and departmental social media accounts.


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Academic Resources

  • Undergraduate Anthropology Advisors
    Find the faculty member assigned to your major or minor program.
  • Academic Commons
    Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.
  • GW Libraries
    Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases. Gelman Library also maintains a research guide specifically for political science. 
  • Language Center
    Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.
  • Writing Center
    Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.


Funding and Aid Resources