Research Courses

Undergraduate Research:  Research Courses

MCD majors may receive credit for participating in research at UCSC. Completion of 5 units of undergraduate research may be used to satisfy one general elective/lab.
All Research Courses require a faculty sponsor. 

How to find a faculty sponsor:

  • Familiarize yourself with the research in the department.
  • Identify an area of research you are interested in.
  • Read up on faculty in that area, i.e. their research focus and publications. Faculty are much more likely to take on a student who has made an investment in learning about their research work.
  • Attend office hours or make an appointment to meet with the faculty member.  Be clear about your intentions and what you have to offer. You may also consider bringing a copy of your transcript.

Research Courses sponsored by the Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department:

BIOL 186F Undergraduate Research in MCD Biology:
Supervised undergraduate research in laboratory of an MCD biology faculty member accompanied by weekly lectures on ethical and practical scientific issues. Topics include: laboratory safety; the scientific method; the collection, treatment, and presentation of data; critical evaluation of scientific literature; scientific misconduct; and peer review. Career issues, including how to apply for admission to graduate and professional schools, are also discussed. 
Prerequisite(s):BIOL 100 or BIOC 100A; and BIOL 20L or BIOL 102J; and previous completion of the Disciplinary Communication requirement. Each enrolled student must have a committed MCD faculty sponsor by the first class meeting. Enrollment is restricted to biology and affiliated majors. By Application ONLY: https://forms.gle/2SRbBxUfHKrFVZDa9
Credit: 2 units; may be repeated for credit.

BIOL 186L Undergraduate Research in MCD Biology:
Supervised undergraduate research in laboratory of an MCD biology faculty member accompanied by weekly lectures on ethical and practical scientific issues. Topics include: laboratory safety; the scientific method; the collection, treatment, and presentation of data; critical evaluation of scientific literature; scientific misconduct; and peer review. Career issues, including how to apply for admission to graduate and professional schools, are also discussed. 
Prerequisite(s):Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 100 or BIOC 100A; and BIOL 20L or BIOL 102J. Each enrolled student must have a committed MCD faculty sponsor by the first class meeting. Enrollment is restricted to declared Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology B.S.; Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and Neuroscience B.S. majors. Other majors may enroll by permission of the instructor. Students cannot enroll in BIOL 186L after receiving credit with a 'C' or better in BIOL 100L, BIOL 103L, BIOL 105L, BIOL 106L, BIOL 108L, BIOL 109L, BIOL 115L, BIOL 120L, BIOL 121L, BIOL 129L, or METX 119L. By Application ONLY: https://forms.gle/2SRbBxUfHKrFVZDa9
Credit: 5 units

BIOL 186R Undergraduate Research in MCD Biology:
Supervised undergraduate research in the laboratory of an MCD biology faculty member accompanied by weekly lectures on practical scientific issues. Topics include: laboratory safety; the scientific method; the collection, treatment, and presentation of data; critical evaluation of scientific literature; ethics and scientific misconduct; and peer review. Career issues, including how to apply for admission to graduate and professional schools, are discussed. Students cannot receive credit for this course and BIOL 186L.Prerequisite(s):BIOL 100 or BIOC 100A; and BIOL 20L or BIOL 102J; and previous completion of the Disciplinary Communication requirement. Each enrolled student must have a committed MCD faculty sponsor by the first class. Enrollment is restricted to MCD Biology-affiliated majors. May be repeated for credit. By Application ONLY: https://forms.gle/2SRbBxUfHKrFVZDa9
Credit:  5 units.