Outstanding students in the Department of Biology may earn a degree with honors by writing and defending an Honors thesis on their own original research. A student works with a faculty mentor to develop a research project, assembles a thesis committee, and writes a thesis.
To be eligible for departmental honors, you conduct your own research over at least two semesters and earn at least 6 credits of BIOL-X490 devoted to your original project. If you successfully complete and defend your Honors thesis before your thesis committee, you receive Honors in Biology upon graduation.
General information about Honors in Biology and assistance in identifying possible biology faculty sponsors are available from the Biology undergraduate academic advisors. Questions about exceptions or unusual situations can be directed to the Biology Undergraduate Advising Office.
High achieving students may be recognized for Academic Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences or be eligible for admission to the Hutton Honors College.