Honors in Biology
Biology majors have the opportunity to graduate with Honors in Biology by earning a strong GPA and completing a research thesis under faculty supervision. The student conducts an advanced research project in close collaboration with a full-time faculty research advisor who is a member of the Department of Biology.
A written research project proposal is prepared by the student and approved by the thesis committee. The research is then conducted over a two-semester period. The research results are presented as a written thesis or manuscript for publication, approved by the thesis committee.
Eligibility for Honors in Biology includes:
- A minimum GPA of 3.5 and junior/senior standing.
- Completion of at least 8 SH of independent research supervised by a full-time faculty member of the Department of Biology.
- The 8 SH of research can be completed in any of the following courses: BIOL 4970 Jr/Sr Honors Project 1, BIOL 4971 Jr/Sr Honors Project 2, or BIOL 4991 Research.
- The thesis committee will be composed of the research advisor and the director of undergraduate studies or biology chairperson.
- The proposal should outline the project and its aims, the methodology, and the importance of the study. It must be approved by the thesis committee.
- The results of the study will be presented in the form of a written thesis or manuscript for peer-reviewed publication. It must be approved by the thesis committee.
- The thesis, in electronic form, must be submitted to the Department of Biology for archiving.