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Finishing Foundations

Finishing Foundation Opportunities for Students

Beginning in Fall 2017, Biology majors may complete their Finishing Foundation requirement through a variety of different avenues.

The finishing foundation requirement can be met by the completion of the following courses:

  • Microbial physiology (BIOL 415)
  • Plant physiology (BOT 401)
  • Human physiology (ZOOL 401)
  • Animal physiology (ZOOL 409)

Alternatively, students may choose to meet this requirement by completing an internship or mentored research project. Students who perform independent research within the University or with a community mentor must co-enroll in:

  • BIOL485 (Undergraduate Research and Internships in the Biological Sciences): A weekly 75 minute session at Boise State to develop critical thinking skills and develop oral and written communication skills in a small-group setting. BIOL485 is a 10-week class that begins on September 24th, 2018. (2 credits)
  • One of the following courses: BIOL479 (Undergraduate Research Experience), BIOL 496 (Independent Study), or BIOL 493 (Internship with community mentor). (2-3 credits)

Students who have already completed their Finishing Foundation requirement may also enroll in these courses. In this case, the credits will be applied towards the student’s upper-division biology credits.

Instructions for enrollment in the Finishing Foundations Program:

1. Identify a research or an internship opportunity of interest.

For the Fall 2018 semester, Students are encouraged to set up their internships and independent research projects before the end of August 2018.

To find an internship in the community:

Students can use Handshake to search for internship opportunities available to Boise State students. Opportunities may also be found on the Biology Department’s OrgSync site that connects students to volunteer and job opportunities.

Internships appropriate for the Finishing Foundations program must meet the following requirements:

  • The student’s work during the internship must address an important biological question
  • The student must work on a project that enables the development of critical thinking and written/oral communication skills
  • The student must receive active mentorship

To find a research opportunity with a faculty mentor at Boise State

Students should contact faculty members in the department to discuss research and independent study opportunities. Students are encouraged to:

  • Review the online faculty profiles and research descriptions
  • Send an email to the faculty member describing your research interests, scientific training, and motivation for performing research
  • Work with the faculty member to design and complete a research project

Before enrolling for independent study credits, a student must obtain the approval of the Biology Department Advisor, acting on the recommendation of the instructor who will be supervising the independent study. An independent study cannot be substituted for a course regularly offered at Boise State, nor can independent study credits be used to improve a grade in a course the student has already taken.

Finishing Foundation requires enrollment in at least two credit hours for BIOL 479/496/493. Each credit hour requires 45 hours of effort per semester. Therefore, for a 15-week long internship or research position, students will spend a minimum of 6 hours per week in their position.

2. Internships or research opportunities must be approved by the Department of Biological Sciences Finishing Foundations coordinator.

Deadline for approval for Fall 2018 Semester: September 24th, 2018.

Click here to fill out a form to submit a description of your intended project to the coordinator.

3. Register for BIOL485 and BIOL479/BIOL496/BIOL493.

Deadline for adding courses: Friday, September 28th, 2018

Once the Finishing Foundations coordinator approves your on or off-campus internship or research opportunity, you will need to register for both courses.

4. Attend weekly BIOL485 class meetings during the semester of your internship/research project.

BIOL485 workshops will begin the 6th week of the Fall semester (September 24th, 2018)

Through this inter-professional capstone course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the purpose, approach, and outcomes of a wide diversity of scientific research projects
  • Create and present a poster to communicate the outcomes of their internship/research experience to faculty members
  • Use team-based approaches to solve problems encountered in their independent projects
  • Track their professional development via E-Portfolios that provide reflection and analysis of their individual project