Honors and Theses
Thesis in the Biological Sciences (BISC 355/BISC 365): The thesis program is a two-semester investigation of a significant research problem, culminating in the preparation of a written thesis and defense of that thesis before a faculty committee. The primary goals of the thesis project are the development of independent research capabilities, the improvement of scientific writing skills, and oral communication of scientific data. Independent research projects may be supervised by a member of the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences or an off-campus director. Please note that off-campus independent research experiences require active participation of a department faculty member throughout the research period. Advisor approval is required for acceptance into the thesis program.
Honors thesis in the Biological Sciences (BISC 360/BISC 370): Honors in the Biological Sciences is earned by the demonstration of excellence in both course work and a thesis research project. All junior majors are invited to apply for the honors program. Advisor approval is required for acceptance into the thesis program and final acceptance is contingent upon a vote of the department faculty and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in courses in the major above the 100 level. The primary goals of the thesis program are the development of independent research capabilities, the improvement of scientific writing skills, and oral communication of scientific data. Honors candidates prepare a written thesis and defend their thesis before an examination committee. After the oral examination, the thesis committee evaluates the candidate's performance and may recommend approval of the degree with honors in the major.
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