Undergraduate Assistant Program

Students who have completed the lab course LS23L, and are interested in learning teaching skills, may apply for participation in the Undergraduate Assistant Program Life Sciences: Teaching Practicum. This course carries 4 units and provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn to teach in an instructional laboratory setting. UAs assist graduate Teaching Assistants on the teaching of lab course LS23L (Introduction to laboratory and scientific methodology). UAs also are instructed in teaching methods such as effective lecture techniques, presentation of course material, and exam preparation through weekly UA meetings and one pedagogy seminar (LS192F).


The application can be found online: here

Student Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research at UCLA, from the Student Research Program (SRP), to independent research projects undertaken through departmental Independent Studies courses, to research with faculty through the Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE). These experiences can be some of the most enriching that students have at UCLA. For more information, the contact information is:

Student Research Program (SRP)

2121 Life Sciences Building (310)794-4227

Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)

2121 Life Sciences Building (310) 206-2182

Independent Studies

Undergraduates may enroll in a maximum of eight units of 195-199 courses per term. PLEASE NOTE: After completing 32 units of 195-199 credit on a letter grade basis, students must take any additional 195-199 courses on a Pass/No Pass basis.


Most Independent field study courses (195) must be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Students should check with their major department for any restrictions and limitations on 195 courses.


See departmental listings and individual course descriptions for specific requisites and credit limitations.