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Biology Lab Report Format

When you are enrolled in a Biology class, you will inevitably be engaging in lab projects both independently and as a group. When you engage in a lab project, you will be asked to take specific notes and write down relevant details to the project and the results that you witness and find. As you work through the project you will be collecting valuable data that you can use to create assumptions, hypothesis, and theories. At the completion of your Biology experiments, and lab projects, you will be expected to write up a lab report using the proper format. Often times the lab report can be more valuable than the lab project or results themselves because it is the written documentation of your efforts and organization. Therefore, having your lab report in the proper format is imperative to getting the grade that you deserve. Below are some tips on how to quickly get your lab report in to the proper format:

  • Biology lab reports must always be typed. (No hand written lab reports!)
  • Lab reports should be completely original (No copying others’ work)
  • Write in complete sentences
  • Utilize paragraph form
  • Do not list materials, methods, results in a bulleted, dashed, or other vertical listed form. Must be in paragraph form.
  • Use only the subtitles that are provided by your teacher or professor

The teacher or professor who has assigned the Biology lab project, and Biology lab report will give you a proprietary list of requirements and needs for your lab report. However, in general these are some of the tips in order to get your lab report in a standard format. Below you will find the traditional and standard subtitles that are used for lab reports:

  • Title Page
  • Introduction
  • Procedure
  • Results
  • Conclusion

You will be able to cross-reference these requirements with the instructions that are provided by your teacher or professor; however, in general these are traditionally the guidelines for a Biology report. The format detailed above illustrates why it is imperative to take detailed notes during and following the experiments and projects. If you did not take detailed notes of every step of the project, then you will not have enough material to explain the procedures and results in paragraph form. The most important parts of the process include following directs, writing accurate results from your project and experiments, and composing a lab report that is written in your own words.