This study was designed to develop a research ethics curriculum for the life sciences at the undergraduate level. The aims of research ethics education should support the aims of the life sciences. Therefore, research ethics education should, in the first place, help to prevent research misconduct; secondly, it should respect the dignity of life. The educational program developed in this study places emphasis on the teaching of fundamental values related to research ethics. It is argued, furthermore, that for pedagogical purposes, good examples of research ethics are preferable to examples of misconduct.