JLSI Training Programs
The FAU Jupiter campus offers undergraduate and graduate courses in several programs through the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. The FAU Jupiter campus is undergoing rapid development as a cutting-edge neuroscience research and educational institution. This process has been accelerated by the University’s partnerships with internationally known research organizations- Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.
The Neuroscience and Behavior undergraduate degree is jointly administered by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Biological Sciences. The degree provides undergraduate preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in all areas of neuroscience and/or behavioral biology, or in pursuing professional degrees. A minimum of 120 total credits (including degree and university mandated courses) is required. In addition to course work, qualified students have the opportunity to partake in world-class neuroscience research via Directed Independent Study or special research courses at FAU campuses, or in collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute or Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience.
The B.S. in Biology degree is recommended for students planning to be professional biologists in industry or governmental service or pursue graduate work in the biological sciences. Students interested in the following areas should pursue the B.S. degree in Biology: premed/pre professional, marine biology, ecology, zoology, molecular biology, microbiology or biotechnology. Please check with the Department of Biological Sciences if you have further questions. Students working towards the B.S. in biology can choose an area of emphasis in neuroscience and behavior. The B.A. degree is intended to provide maximum flexibility for students pursuing study in interdisciplinary areas such as environmental science or secondary school teaching.
The Department of Biological Sciences offers an Honors in the Major Program that recognizes research accomplishments of talented undergraduates. The mission of this program is to provide an enriched learning experience for high-performing students and increase opportunities for biology majors to develop high-level proficiency in skills required for graduate school and careers in science through direct participation in cutting-edge research experiences and enhanced relationships with faculty mentors. Students will develop skills in critical thinking, the identification of research questions, experimental design, collection and reporting of data, techniques in biological research, and the ethical standards of the field.
The JLSI sponsors the John Nambu Memorial Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program which offers research opportunities with stipend support for FAU undergraduates. Established in the memory of the late Dr. John Nambu, Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, the program provides undergraduates an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research in life science labs on the FAU Jupiter campus. These scholarships are exciting and once-in-a-lifetime chances to perform research while expanding scientific expertise through networking with fellow undergrads and faculty mentors, writing and presentations skills. The REU experience concludes by highlighting student accomplishments and summer research projects at the annual Nambu REU Research Day.
The FAU Biology Department offers two Masters degrees: M.S. and M.S.T. The program is tailored to the needs and interests of the student, in five areas: Biotechnology, Microbiology, Ecology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Sciences. Students may enroll on a full or part-time basis; all receive guidance from a faculty advisor. Normally, the degree is completed within two years full-time or four years part-time. A Masters degree in biology prepares students for graduate study in Ph.D., health profession programs, teaching, research, or careers in business or government.
Integrative Biology is a multidisciplinary doctoral program of the Department of Biological Sciences with the participation of other departments and colleges at Florida Atlantic University. Integrative Biology refers to cross-disciplinary, multilevel approaches to education and research in biology and other science areas. Achieving an understanding of biological phenomena through scientific inquiry is becoming increasingly cross-disciplinary. The program takes advantage of current faculty strengths in biological sub-disciplines such as ecology & environmental sciences, marine biology, neuroscience as well as molecular, cellular and developmental biology to provide academic leadership and mentor graduate students.