Consensus Report

Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists (2002)

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The report discusses incorporating more math, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science into classes and laboratory work and emphasizing independent research will help undergraduate education reflect real-world science. Schools, professional societies and funding agencies should develop new teaching materials and facilitate faculty collaboration.

Key Messages

  • Colleges and universities should reexamine current curricula in light of changing practices in biological research.
  • To successfully undertake careers in research after graduation, students will need scientific knowledge, practice with experimental design, quantitative abilities, and communication skills.