Graduating with Honors in Biology

The Honors Program in Biology is designed to recognize accomplishments of Biology majors in research and independent study. A student graduating with Honors in Biology has committed to pursuing ideas in depth and over an extended period in the laboratory or field while working closely with a faculty advisor.  Such an experience gives the student a real appreciation of the diverse ways in which science confronts and explores the natural world. The research that the student chooses to submit for consideration for Honors need not be completed in the senior year, but must be presented in the senior year.

To be graduated with the distinction Honors in Biology, a student must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses and a 3.3 in BIO courses.
  • Submit an Honors paper describing the research, written in the form of a scientific paper, which must be  defended successfully before an Advisory Committee.
  • Prepare a 10 minute Power Point presentation derived from the Honors paper. This will be delivered on the Wednesday before the last day of classes in the spring semester, at the Biology Honors and Awards Ceremony.

If the paper is approved by the Advisory Committee, the minimum GPA requirements are met, and student has presented his/her work to the department, the student will graduate with Honors in Biology.

A student wishing to graduate with Honors in Biology must inform the chair of the Under-raduate Studies Committee of that intention during the first semester of the senior year by completing an application to pursue Honors in Biology. The application must include the Honors advisor’s signature, the major advisor’s signature, the title of the research project and the names of two faculty who will serve with the research advisor on an advisory committee.  Research assistant professors may serve on the advisory committee; however, if two faculty from the same lab are on the committee, one should serve as an additional non-voting member. The research assistant professor may not chair the committee.

Complete Honors in Biology form and submit to Undergraduate Studies Committee chairperson.

Schedule thesis defense.

Defend thesis before the advisory committee.  Present summary of research at Honors and Awards Ceremony.