Many students interested in the Natural Sciences at UW hope to eventually pursue undergraduate research or other related co-curricular activities. But where and how to begin?

This course aims to provide students enrolled in CHEM 152 or 162 (in SPR 21) or students who took CHEM 153 (in WIN 21) with an opportunity to reflect and prepare for meaningful academic and co-curricular involvement in the natural sciences (content will focus on the natural sciences broadly, not just chemistry).

In this class you will have an opportunity to engage with faculty, alumni, and industry professionals as you reflect on your academic and co-curricular plans. Students will learn from industry leaders about the importance of getting involved, and how to make that happen. 

Course Topics 
  • Undergraduate Research in the Natural Sciences

  • Academic Research 

  • Industry Research/Careers 

  • Health Industry 

  • Co-curricular opportunities in the Natural Sciences

  • Major Exploration/Course Mapping

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop a deeper understanding of science based research and why it is important 

  • Reflect on the purpose of high impact engagement and begin to map future involvement 

  • Develop a strategic course of study 

  • Examine goals, values, influences, and interests

  • Develop strategies for major/career exploration 

  • Start becoming a self directed learner