Undergraduate Program in
Biology and Medicine

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY at the UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER

  Registering Independent Research (395) Courses with UPBM Faculty

UPBM Overview
The Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine combines the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine and Dentistry to provide courses for undergraduate students with lectures, laboratory work, specialty seminars and research experiences. The Program is made possible by the close proximity of the Medical Center and the River Campus and by the enthusiasm of the faculty for cooperative teaching aimed at providing the most up-to-date education in biomedical science.

The Faculty in the Program include all members of the following departments along with many faculty from other biomedical departments: Biology , Biochemistry and Biophysics , Microbiology and Immunology , Neurobiology and Anatomy , Neuroscience , Oral Biology , Pharmacology and Physiology.

What are Independent Research Courses?
Independent Research, also referred to as 395 courses, allow students to gain research experience while gaining academic credit for their work in the laboratories of program faculty located on UR's Rivercampus or Medical Center. Typically a student and faculty member agree to register a research project as a course. Although research courses are not typical lecture hall experiences they are still considered a course that requires defined objectives, learning outcomes, contact hours, and criteria for evaluation that is normally associated with regular credit-bearing courses. Independent Research courses involve hands-on benchwork and laboratory techniques that are non-clinical in nature.