The Biology Honors Program
An Honors degree in Biology requires substantial laboratory or field research that is supervised by a faculty member. To qualify for the Honors Program and graduate with an Honors designation, students must meet the following requirements:
- Registration for the Honors Program including an acceptance signature of the faculty research advisor, before research begins. Visit the Biology Advising Center to pick up the registration form.
- Completion of all requirements for the major in Biology.
- Minimum 3.3 GPA in all upper division Biology courses. (Includes 300 & 400-level outside departmentally approved courses. See Biology Advising Center for list.)
- Minimum of three quarters of intensive research (summer counts as a quarter), with at least four quarters and summer research experience being strongly encouraged.
- Minimum of 4 BI 401 credit hours with a single advisor. (Up to 4 credits may be applied towards 44-upper division elective Biology credits.) (See #7 for Honors College students.)
- Enrollment in BI 403 Honors Thesis all three quarters during Senior year, for a total of 4 credits. (These credits may be applied towards the 44-upper division elective Biology credits.)
- Honors College students only: since these students take courses related to thesis work in the Honors College, Honors College students are required to take either 4 credits of BI 401 or the BI 403 Biology Honors Thesis courses. They are welcome to do both, but that is optional.
a) Thesis committee to be comprised of two faculty members: primary advisor and one faculty member on the Biology Undergraduate Affairs Committee.
b) A final version of the thesis must be provided to the committee one week prior to the thesis defense.
c) Both committee members must sign the thesis within one week of the thesis defense. A final, signed copy must be submitted to the Biology Advising Office.
9. Thesis defense
a) Thesis committee must attend the thesis defense.
b) Defense must happen at least two weeks prior to the end of the term in which the student is graduating.
c) The thesis defense will be an open seminar. Other faculty, students, and staff will be encouraged to attend.
Refer to Faculty Research Interests to find a laboratory that is compatible with your goals. It is then your responsibility to find a professor who will sponsor you.
The Chair of the Biology Undergraduate Affairs Committee (currently Peter Wetherwax) will notify you during your senior year, with the name of the Biology Undergraduate Affairs Committee member who will serve as your second thesis committee member. You should contact both of your committee members via email sometime during the term before your defense to start working on a range of possible dates for your defense.
Email Peter Wetherwax (Chair of Biology Undergraduate Affairs Committee) for more information.