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Beyond the Classroom

Department of Biological Sciences

Take a step outside the classroom.

Studying and taking tests is important, but so is going beyond the classroom to maximize your college experience. Check out the options you have to make the most of your time at Purdue Fort Wayne.

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Centers of Excellence

Join faculty in research and outreach opportunities that will broaden your education.

Jobs, internships, and Research

Opportunities await.

Whether you’re looking for a part-time job on campus or a full-time job after graduation, we have lots of options.


Internships come in two flavors: paid and unpaid. Check out what’s available now, and look back often for more opportunities.


As a biology major, you will have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom in an authentic research environment, whether it be in genetics, ecology, microbiology or physiology, just to name a few. Through these research projects, you will work with faculty in both the laboratory and the field, while developing the skills and cultivating the knowledge that will be essential for future employment or further education.

Encouraging this kind of participation is what allows the Department of Biological Sciences to publish 20 to 25 scholarly journals each year, many of which include students as coauthors. Many students conducting research also participate in the Purdue Fort Wayne Annual Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium, as well as regional and international conferences. These events provide opportunities for students to share their research projects with broader audiences and facilitate interactions with the scientific community.

The Department of Biological Sciences also manages a 9,000-square-foot animal facility approved by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal. This facility provides housing for different species of experimental animals and contains an animal surgical suite with five research laboratories. There is also a state-of-the-art greenhouse and associated headhouse attached to the Science Building.

Hands-On Experiences

Research opportunities in action.

Majoring in biological science offers you the chance to work on research projects with faculty—both in the lab and in the field. These immersive learning experiences will allow you to develop skills and cultivate knowledge that is essential for further education or your future career.

Student Organizations

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Living Learning Community

Live with other scientists.

Collaboration is key in the world of science, so embrace this by joining the biology living learning community in student housing. You’ll get to live with other biology majors, participate in networking opportunities, and enjoy various community-service opportunities. 

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Study Abroad

Let the world be your classroom.

Your college experience is special—and uniquely yours. Imagine enhancing it by taking your studies overseas. Living and learning in a different country will foster both your independence and your personal development. Through this experience, and the knowledge you’ll gain living like a local, you’ll emerge with a new perspective.