Important COVID-19 Response Information

While we are working to update our information as quickly as possible, we highly recommend you check out the College's COVID-19 Response page for the most up to date information.

Never hesitate to reach out to us as well. We are here for you.

In line with the current policy of the University of Pennsylvania, prospective Biology majors must declare the major online. You can access the declaration forms here. Once filled out, email the forms to robcorra@sas.upenn.edu and you will receive instructions on how to proceed with the declaration process. You should have an official worksheet in Penn In Touch before declaring the major. Contact your pre-major advisor to update your worksheet. If you are on registration hold, the hold will be removed after you have an online meeting with your assigned Biology advisor.

In line with the current University policy, students are not allowed or required to come to campus to complete their Independent Study. An email with guidelines was sent out to sponsors, co-sponsors, and students outlining options for completing the course. If you have any questions, please email robcorra@sas.upenn.edu.

Seniors interested in applying for honors, should submit the following application through email to robcorra@sas.upenn.edu. Applications should be submitted by no later than 5 pm on Monday, April 13th. The deadline to submit honors theses is Monday, May 4th.

The Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes you! Our program is committed to providing students with a wide range of opportunities to explore the remarkable diversity of biological systems in the modern world. In addition to the general major, students have the option to pursue studies within one of six different concentrations, each offering a more specialized introduction to theoretical and experimental work in a particular area of Biology. Beyond their curricular studies, majors are able to conduct biological research in virtually any lab on Penn’s campus, including the medical school and hospital system. In addition, many of our students study abroad, supplementing their studies at Penn with coursework at universities such as Edinburgh and advanced ecological fieldwork in places like Australia, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. All majors are supported by an attentive and engaged network of faculty and peer advisors throughout the duration of the program.

Dr. Mecky Pohlschröder, our Undergraduate Chair, invites you to explore the Department of Biology’s Webpage.