Learning by Teaching
A much deeper understanding of any subject is achieved by the experience of teaching the material to others. Whether you have any ambition to teach as part of your career plans or not, serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant is a valuable way to increase your mastery of course material and lab skills.
Undergraduate TAs earn credit for their contributions by registering in Biology 491. Details such as tasks and credit hours are set by the faculty member who teaches the course. Grading is Pass/Fail and the credit does not count toward fulfilling requirements of the Biology major, but it does count towards the Harpur College total credit requirement. (Note that Harpur College sets limits as to how many credits a student may earn as an undergraduate teaching assistant.) Students who are interested in being an undergraduate teaching assistant apply by filling out an application form and turning it into the Biology Department office.