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. It must be approved by the faculty research advisor and by the biology chair or director of undergraduate studies. The research is then conducted over a two-semester period. The research results are presented as a written thesis or as a manuscript for publication and approved by the faculty mentor and by the chair or director.

Eligibility for Honors in Biology includes:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 and junior/senior standing.
  • Completion of at least 8 SH of supervised 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 proposal should outline the project and its aims, the methodology, and the importance of the study. It must be approved by the candidate’s research advisor and by the Biology chair or director of undergraduate studies.
  • The results of the study will be presented in the form of a written thesis or manuscript for peer-reviewed publication, and approved by the faculty advisor and the Biology chair or director of undergraduate studies. A thesis committee is not required.
  • A copy (in electronic form) of the thesis must also be submitted to the Department of Biology for archiving.

Click here to complete the Honors in the Discipline Intention Form. This form will inform COS Undergraduate Student Services of your intentions to complete the Honors in the Discipline requirements.