Undergraduate

Applications to enroll in BIOL 399/499 this upcoming Fall 2022 semester will be available in late July, and will be due on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022. Details for submitting applications and proposals will be released with the application.

Prospective Biology majors must declare the major through the new PATH@Penn system. Students can access the online declaration form by selecting "Declare/Update Field of Study" in the PATH@Penn homepage. In addition to filling out this form, students will need to fill out and email the departmental declaration forms to bio-undergraduate@sas.upenn.edu. Students will then be assigned to a major advisor, who will approve the declaration forms after a meeting with them. The forms for the general major can be accessed here. The corresponding concentration forms can be found through here.

For more information about the Biology Department's undergraduate program, you can visit our Undergraduate Coordinator, Roberto Corral, at Leidy 102.

Our Undergraduate Chair, Dr. Paul Schmidt, also hosts office hours every week on Mondays (12-1 pm) and Thursdays (3-4 pm). Please use the following link to join his office hours on Zoom.

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. Paul Schmidt, our Undergraduate Chair, invites you to explore the Department of Biology’s Webpage.