Any undergraduate major in the Department of Biology may earn a degree with honors by meeting the requirements. In most cases, the work must begin a minimum of two semesters before a degree with honors is granted. You are strongly urged to select an advisor and start work during your junior year or earlier. Some students begin honors work during their first year.
What are the formal requirements for a degree with Honors?
- An overall GPA of 3.300 or above
- Completion of all required coursework for the desired degree
- Research work in Biology or in an associated discipline
- Successful defense of an Honors thesis as certified by an appropriate faculty committee
Honors research may be performed at IUB, at another campus of Indiana University or at another university, provided that your honors committee evaluates all such research.
The honors committee is comprised of the student's faculty mentor and at least two additional members of the faculty of the IUB Biology department.
Honors research ordinarily encompasses two academic semesters, an academic semester and a full summer, or two full summers. Summers should involve full-time research. Registration in BIOL-X490 during two summer sessions of a single summer does not complete the research requirement for a degree with honors.
If you earn BIOL-X490 credit in a SPEA lab, you cannot convert that research to a Biology upper level lab or use it for the Biology Honors notation.
If you are pursuing the Honors notation and plan to use BIOL-X490 research as an upper level lab in the Biology B.S. or Biology B.A. degree, you must successfully complete the thesis for lab credit.
The honors thesis cannot be used for your intensive writing requirement.