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Biological Sciences Honors Research Program

The Department of Biological Sciences sponsors an honors research program to supplement the formal course offerings in the department’s degree programs, to increase the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of modern biology and to lead to an honors research program designation at graduation. The program offers guided study in biology through independent research. It is available to any qualified student in the University who plans to complete a major in the biological sciences.

The requirements for graduation with honors in research are:

1. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (however, a student with a lower GPA may petition the Undergraduate Honors Committee)

2. Conducting research supervised by a research director selected by the student, with the research plan approved by the Undergraduate Honors Committee

3. Completion of an honors research thesis approved by the research director and the head of the Department of Biological Sciences

4. Enrollment and participation in BIOL 49700 (Honors Seminar), which is required of juniors and seniors but is optional for other honors research students

5. Presentation and discussion of the research during class and at Undergraduate Research Day

Advantages of the Honors Research Program

1. Students have the opportunity to grasp a better understanding of the thought processes and methods for developing new scientific knowledge. The program provides a practical research experience and contributes to a better preparation for graduate and professional schools.

2. Biology honors students have close contact with a functioning research group. They have the opportunity to carry out basic research and, if significant results are obtained, to publish their data.

3. Students who complete the honors research program are recognized on their transcript for having done so and receive the bachelor’s designation "with honors.?/p>

4. Students who complete the honors research program are considered for the annual Singleton Award that recognizes the honors student who best exemplifies research excellence and scholarship.

Honors Curriculum Programs

An honors curriculum program is available in biochemistry, microbiology and biochemistry. Each major that offers an honors curriculum program has designated advanced courses/course sequences that are required to earn a degree in the honors curriculum. Additionally, a 3.0 graduation index is required at the time of graduation. For specific requirements, see the applicable individual major section.