Christina Callahan, Academic Advisor

"The Department of Biological Sciences at FIU offers students undergraduate and graduate opportunities."

Academic Resources

Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising

Housed in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising works closely with students who want to pursue careers in the highly competitive fields of optometry, dentistry, podiatry, pharmacy, chiropractic, medicine and veterinary medicine. Students can major in biological sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, psychology or one of the majors in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Together with an advisor, students design an academic plan, and develop leadership and professional/clinical experiences, to field the strongest possible applications to health professional schools. For information on Pre-Health, visit or contact Dr. John Landrum, 305-348-3091.

Minority Opportunities in Research Programs

FIU’s Minority Opportunities in Research Programs (MORE) include:

  • Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE). MBRS-RISE program increases the number of students from underrepresented groups who enter into and successfully complete Ph.D. programs in the biomedical and behavioral fields by providing funding and support for laboratory work and travel to conferences.
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support-Support of Continuous Research Excellence (MBRS-SCORE). The MBRS-SCORE program assists biomedical research faculty at minority-serving institutions in developing competitive research programs.
  • Minority Access to Research Careers-Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research (MARC U*STAR). The MARC U*STAR program is an initiative that motivates promising undergraduate and graduate students to choose a biomedical or behavioral science career. It provides funding and support for those students working in an active research lab or conducting original research. For information on these programs, visit

Peer Led Team Learning - PLTL

PLTL is an optional program incorporated into several courses within the department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. Each week students meet with a PLTL leader and a small group of students. A PLTL Leader is a peer who has taken the course before and guides new students through the worksheets each week.  For more information on PLTL, visit