Biology Academics

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The University of Central Florida is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our Summer Institute (SI) students. We have shifted some of our programs to virtual for Summer 2021 and will continue to monitor and follow university guidelines regarding COVID-19, applicable to our programs. Potential cancellations, student capacities, locations, and other details may change as information surrounding the current pandemic continues to unfold. We will update our websites as new information becomes available and appreciate your flexibility and patience during this time.

The UCF Biology Summer Institute is a collaborative educational, outreach initiative between the UCF Arboretum and the UCF Department of Biology.

The UCF Arboretum is a creative learning community that uses our comprehensive outdoor laboratory to support relevant, experience-based learning, urban ecology research, and human connection with ecosystems and landscapes. Our program contributes to student development and engagement through multi-faceted volunteer, service-learning, and educational opportunities. We serve the community through partnership and outreach initiatives that increase awareness and understanding of key issues in ecology, natural resource conservation, and urban horticulture. While focused on the Central Florida region, our diverse and inclusive program supports global efforts to create sustainable urban environments.

The UCF Department of Biology is comprised of a balanced blend of research scientists and classroom lecturers who are committed to maintaining a diverse undergraduate curriculum, creating a dynamic graduate program, and engaging in contemporary research. We have successfully trained thousands of undergraduate students for a range of biology careers including scientists, and health care professionals. Furthermore, our broad-based curriculum provides excellent preparation for post-graduate education. Research within the department stretches across a range of biology disciplines, from sub-organismal physiology to ecosystem dynamics. Our students have consistently been employed by many state and federal agencies, colleges and universities, as well as environmental consulting firms and NGOs.