The Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM) combines the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine and Dentistry to offer undergraduate students interdisciplinary courses, lectures, laboratory work, specialty seminars, and research experiences.

UPBM is an accredited program that serves as a gateway for undergraduates studying biology to gain research opportunities at the Medical Center.

The program provides opportunities to do independent research for credit during the academic year and summer research fellowships, which support summer research by outstanding University of Rochester undergraduate students.

Prospective Students

Want to learn more about the University of Rochester’s undergraduate program in biology? Request an informational meeting or attend a class.

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Preparing Pre-Major Students

To help you have the best possible experience as a biology major, no matter what track you're in, its important to be prepared. That's why we've created the preparing pre-major student page with important on course planning, as well as our unique procedures for declaring a major.

Undergraduate Jobs in the Biology Department

  • TA positions: Several of our faculty allow undergraduate students to TA their classes. See the TA page for more information.
  • Job openings: Students who are interested in working at the Department of Biology may view and apply for job openings via JobLink.
  • Current student employees: Information regarding reporting hours, weekly hour limitations, paycheck distribution, employment verification, training, and more can be found in the Department of Biology Student Employment Onboarding and Procedures (pdf).

Society of Undergraduate Biology Students

The Society of Undergraduate Biology Students is a student organization that:

  • Promotes faculty-student interaction
  • Serve as a guiding force for biology majors/interests
  • Provide networking opportunities through events
  • Offers weekly study groups and a research shadowing program

This student-run group also prides itself on soliciting and acting on member input to help ensure they are catering to the needs of their members.