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These exciting research opportunities are specific sections that can be taken in lieu of the corresponding traditional laboratory or lecture courses in diverse STEM fields, while still meeting degree requirements. As part of these courses, students generally conduct research in teams and acquire field-specific skills, learn relevant techniques and become valuable members of the UTEP research community.



Quick Facts

  • Open to all UTEP students
  • For freshman laboratory courses
    • SCI 1301 RFC required
    • 2-semester sequence of research-based coursework
    • 6 tracks available in Chemistry/Biochemistry, Biology, and Geology
  • Other freshman options available
    • 2 tracks in Psychology and Sociology
    • SCI 1301 RFC strongly encouraged
  • Upper division courses available in Biochemistry, Engineering, Psychology and Social Work

RDC Options

Different research topics are covered in different sections of the same course. For example, one section of BIOL 1107 may be dedicated to Drug Development and Bioassays, while another section of BIOL 1107 may be dedicated to Brain Mapping and Connectomics. Each of these sections would have its own individual CRN. Make sure to determine the CRN number that corresponds to the research you are interested in and enroll in that specific section. CRNs will vary by semester and year.



BIOL 1107 & 1108

  • Evolutionary Genetics (I & II)
  • Behavioral Control Systems (I & II)
  • Brain Mapping and Connectomics (I & II)
  • Phage Hunters (I & II)
  • Drug Development and Bioassay (I & II)
  • Exercise and Metabolism (I & II)
  • Antagonizing Cancer (I & II)
  • New Ways to Treat Inflammation
  • Disease and the Environment


CHEM 1105 & 1106

  • Supramolecular Materials (I & II)
  • Circadian Rhythm Genes and Proteins (I & II)
  • Impact of Carbon Quantum Dots on Nonamyloid Targets

CHEM 4134 (co-requisite CHEM 4334)

  • Structural Biochemistry Lab


GEOL 1103

  • Shallow Subsurface Geophysics Applied to Environmental and Engineering Problems (Pre or Co-requisite GEOL 1313)


PSYC 1301

  • Behavioral Interventions in Medical Settings to Address Substance Abuse Among Ethnic Minorities

PSYC 4345/5355

  • Laboratory Methods in Neuroscience


SOCI 1301

  • Origins of Individual and Group Health Behavior

Social Work

SOWK 3370, 5393, 3341 or WS 3375 (cross-listed courses)

  • Health Disparities

Biomedical Engineering

BME 3303 and Lab

  • Fundamentals of BME I & II

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