In order to achieve Biology Department Honors, a student must complete
laboratory research involving a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 credits.
At the conclusion of the laboratory project the student will submit a paper
summarizing their research. The paper will be evaluated by the research advisor
and a copy will be kept on file by the Honors Program in Biology Committee.
II. Admission Requirements
The candidate must be a Biology major. It is not necessary that the
candidate be a participant in the College General Education Honors Program.
Candidates who wish to enter the Biology Department Honors Program may do
so after completing their second semester. Normally candidates must enroll
in the program bythe beginning of the fifth semester.
The candidate is expected to have a cumulative grade index of about 2.5 in
all subjects, and 3.0 in biology courses before being considered for enrollment
into the program. However, applicants not meeting these requirements may still
be considered by the committee if their application includes a strong
recommendation from a Biology faculty member.
Written application for admission to the Biology Honors Program must be made
by the student. The application form is available from the Biology Department or
the Biology Department Honors Committee. (Copies will also be made available via
the Department website as of the start the fall of 2007.) In addition to a
completed application form, the applicant must also submit a letter of
recommendation from a Biology Department faculty member.
Admission to the Biology Honors Program is contingent not only upon the
student's meeting the above requirements, but also upon the approval and
invitation of the Biology Department Honors Committee.
All Biology Honors students must maintain satisfactory academic progress for
all Biology courses.
In addition, honors students are required to complete a laboratory research
project in Biology 491-494 for a total of from 4 to 6 credits. (It is not
necessary to take all of the credits in one semester.)
In undertaking their research project, the prospective honors student will
proceed as follows:
During the semester preceding the laboratory research, the student must
undertake a reading program supervised by the faculty member under whom the
research is to be done (the advisor).
Under the supervision of the advisor, the student should then plan and carry
out the research project.
Upon completion of the research, an Honors paper summarizing the research
must be submitted to the advisor. The paper might include the main questions the
research sought to address, any hypotheses that were formulated, as well as the
results that were obtained and a discussion of the conclusions that could be
The student's research advisor must determine that sufficient academic
progress has been achieved for the research project.
Three copies of the Honors paper must be submitted to the Honors Committee.
If the student is completing his or her terminal semester, the paper must be
received by the Biology Honors Committee at least one week prior to final
The student is encouraged to present the work orally or in the format of a
poster presentation to the College community.
IV. Granting of Honors
When the candidate has fulfilled the above requirements the Biology Honors
Committee will recommend that the Biology Department, as a whole, grant the
student Biology Honors.
V. Dismissal from the Program
The student may be dismissed from the program if he or she fails to satisfy
the requirements stated above, including maintenance of satisfactory cumulative
Dismissal from the Biology Honors Program may be appealed to the Biology
Department Honors Committee who, together with the Chair of the department, will
hear and act on the appeal.