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.

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.