Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Biology Honors Program

biology department

The Biology Honors Program is a research-based program for high-achieving students majoring in biology. Students in the Honors Program are expected to engage in a research project extending for at least three semesters, culminating in the writing and presentation of a thesis. Copies of student theses will be kept in the department library.

In order to apply for the Biology Honors Program, students need to have completed at least one semester of Undergraduate Research and have maintained a minimum science GPA of 3.5.

Students who are accepted in the program will be able to enroll in Biology Honors Thesis Research I & II (3 credits each) in the place of other undergraduate research courses. (Students in the Scholar of the College program will use BI499 as their research course.) Continuation in the program will depend on positive evaluations from the student's faculty mentor and the Undergraduate Program Committee after each semester.

As part of the program, students will also participate in a 1-credit honors seminar each semester of their senior year. The seminar will meet about every other week during the semester. A goal of the seminar is to generate a sense of community among the participants as well as to providing practical experience in data presentation. Grades in the seminar (BI 496 and 497) will be Pass/Fail.