Scientific Research & Development

You may be working in a lab, individually or part of a team. You might be out in the field or in an office setting utilizing analytical and critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. Your work could span any number of paths that include positions in: scientific research & development; biotechnology; bioinformatics;  research related to behavioral sciences, biological, chemical, physics, pharmaceutical, environmental, or patents;  forensic science, and scientific consulting.

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From therapeutic and drug development to translational and integrated science, Wisconsin has it all. Accounting for one of the states’s largest economic drivers, biotech and biopharma continue to flourish in Wisconsin.

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Seminar course designed primarily for sophomores or transfer students to begin independent research in chemistry. Taken concurrently with 1-3 research credits with a faculty member. Supports independent research experience.


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Exploring Research in Science is an opportunity for first-year, second-year, and transfer students to gain an understanding of the science research landscape at UW-Madison, to explore ways that scientists from different disciplines approach research, and to build skills in thinking like a scientist. The course will provide guidance on finding a research mentor and will expose students to science careers.


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General concepts of animal biology at an introductory level. The general body plans and strategies used to accomplish the basic tasks of staying alive of 9 major animal groups are studied using preserved and live animals. The diversity within each group of animals is studied by integrating the body plans with the lifestyle and ecology of the animals. The evolutionary relationships between animals is a major part of the course. Dissections of earthworm, freshwater mussel, squid, sea star, and rat also aid the study of these general principles.