This course is intended for students considering a major in Biology. It is meant to engage students in their academic program and the college. Students will participate in unique research projects involving ecology, evolution, genetics, cells, or molecular biology. The goals of the course are to give students a sense of community, explore biological problems in a team-based setting, develop important scientific and critical thinking skills, introduce students to academic resources available at the college, and explore potential career fields. Students with credit in CHEM 131 Chemistry Explorations or ERTH 131 Geoscience Explorations may NOT receive credit for BIOL 131. 3 laboratory hours.