General Information (What and Why)


The Honors Program in Biology is a distinction bestowed on outstanding students who have demonstrated marked academic progress and who have completed an in-depth independent research project under the guidance of a biology faculty member.


Do you possess:

  • a strong interest in the natural sciences?
  • a desire to learn modern techniques of biological discovery?
  • strong self-motivation?
  • avid curiosity?

Pursuit of an honorary degree in biology will afford you the opportunity to apply these characteristics as you grow and develop as a young scientist and enter the world of scientific discovery.


Participating in an independent research project will enable you to receive one-on-one contact with a biology faculty member who will help you develop critical problem solving skills, and who will provide technical expertise, career guidance and long lasting encouragement and support through all of your academic pursuits. You will also receive acknowledgement for your efforts when you are granted graduating honors and if you elect to present your work to biology students and faculty. Finally, the laboratory experience gained while completing your project will give you a glimpse into the world of scientific research, prepare you for graduate or professional school or aid in establishment of your future career goals. While successful completion of the Honors Program in Biology will require a significant amount of commitment and time, the rewards will far outweigh the effort! Click on "The voices of program alumni" to hear what previous participants have to say about their experience.

Page last updated: Thursday, June 7, 2007