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STEM Learning Center
The Center for Advanced STEM Education (CASE) is home to the STEM Learning Center which offers online tutoring.
CASE is also the home of CO-WY AMP (Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation) which, in addition to providing STEM tutoring support, also provides scholarship opportunities and paid summer research experiences that will better prepare you for a STEM life after graduation. Learn more about CO-WY AMP membership and how it can support you in your educational and professional pursuits.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program that supports students enrolled in traditionally difficult courses by offering free, regularly scheduled group study sessions that are facilitated by SI Leaders (current students who have previously succeeded in the course). SI Leaders support faculty by preparing weekly collaborative sessions that help students develop effective learning strategies while engaging with the most difficult course material.
The Undergraduate Research & Creative Scholarship Program promotes, supports, and celebrates MSU Denver faculty and student engagement in undergraduate research activities. These undergraduate research experiences enhance students’ preparedness and competitiveness for future employment and the pursuit of advanced degrees.
Many full-time MSU Denver Biology faculty members have active research programs and mentor undergraduate students on individual or group projects in their respective fields of expertise. To learn more about what research opportunities may be available in the Biology department, students are encouraged to reach out to and to initiate a conversation with our full-time faculty members to determine what opportunities (if any) for research may be available in their lab.
If a Biology faculty member invites you to join their lab, students may earn upper division Biology credits by registering for BIO 4950 Undergraduate Research in Biology.
Once students have identified a research mentor, students should discuss with them whether or not they should register for BIO 4950. Their research mentor will inform the Biology department chair, who will then provide an override so the student can register for BIO 4950. A student may only register for 1-2 credits of undergraduate research in a single semester. Please note that a maximum of 4 credits of independent study/internships/practicum/undergraduate research (or any combination of these) may be applied toward a major or minor in Biology.
For other information about undergraduate research at MSU Denver, students are encouraged to visit MSU Denver’s Undergraduate Research Program page.
An internship is a learning experience that is related to a student’s field of study or career interest. Through internships, students are provided with opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom setting, to learn new skills, and to explore potential career opportunities. Internships can be on- or off-campus and many internships are unpaid; however, there are some that are paid. To learn more about internships and what internships are available, students should visit the Internships page on the C2 Hubs’s site.
Any Biology student who is interested in earning credit for an internship, should:
For an internship to be approved for BIO credit, students are required to work with a C2Hub internship navigator who will help guide them through the approval process and how to peruse available internships. Here is a link to the C2Hub’s website.
Once a student has identified a specific internship that interests them, they should reach out to a Biology professor (typically this is someone with whom the student has taken a class) to ask if they are willing to serve as an internship sponsor. The student will complete the C2Hub’s application process that will be sent through various levels of approval. Once the internship has been approved, the Chair of Biology will provide an override to allow the student to register for BIO 398H: Internship in Biology.
Alternatively, a student can also earn internship credit by serving as a teaching assistant (TA). If there is a BIO professor with whom the student has previously taken a class, they could reach out to that instructor to determine if they need/want a TA for their course. To be a TA, a student should:
Upon approval, the Chair of Biology will provide an override to permit the student to register for BIO 398H.
Please note that a student may only register for 1-2 credits of internship in a single semester and that a maximum of 4 credits of independent study/internships/practicum/undergraduate research (or any combination of these) may be applied toward a major or minor in Biology. Students should also be aware that the number of credits is typically based on the time commitment associated with the internship. For 1 credit, students will need to complete a minimum of 45 hours over the course of the semester. For 2 credits, students will need to complete a minimum of 90 hours over the course of the semester. You will not be permitted to register for more than 2 credits for an internship in a semester.