Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences offer Biology undergraduates the opportunity to do research with a small group of students.  Under the guidance of a Biology faculty member, the students will conduct research together on a defined project.  Students will  receive course 3- 4 hours course credit.  Pre-requisite: Completion of BIOL 3810 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.  For more information, or to find out how to register, please contact either the instructor of the course, or the Undergraduate Director at


CUREs offered in Spring 2019

Molecular Parasitology BIOL 4905

Meeting days/times:   M/W   845-1145 am

Meeting place:  NSC 318/328


Did you know that a typical mitochondrion has ~800 different proteins, that a large proportion of mitochondrial proteins have no known function, and that relatives of the sleeping sickness and Chagas’ disease pathogens infect insects here in Atlanta? Come join the research effort to determine function of these unknown proteins in protozoa and how the mitochondrion is much more than the “powerhouse of the cell”!


Vertebrate biology  BIOL 4015K

Meeting days/times T/TR 11-1

Meeting place PSC 330


This lab will use real time data collection on amphibians and humans to highlight conserved structure and function with regard to vertebrate physiology.    Examples of physiological processes that will be studied include nerve conduction, neuromuscular function and cardiovascular regulation.  Students will read the literature, develop experimental protocols, conduct research and analyze / present their data.  In short, this class will provide exposure to all major facets of the scientific process.


Microbial Ecology  BIOL 4905

Meeting days/times:    TR 9:00-12:00

Meeting place:  NSC 318


Join a challenging and engaging research lab course in Microbial Ecology to investigate the diversity of your own environmental isolates.  This lab will incorporate microbiology, microbial ecology and molecular biology as we isolate bacteria and learn about their phylogenetic and metabolic diversity. Students choose spices, herbs, essential oils or other non-traditional antimicrobial agents with which to challenge a microbial ecosystem. Students isolate novel organisms growing in such compounds, characterize the isolates and assay their growth with the agents and any changes to susceptibility to traditional antibiotics, This is an excellent way to participate in authentic, meaningful research while pursuing your undergraduate degree!