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Honors & Research Thesis Program

What is the Biology Honors Program?

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

(1) a major GPA of at least 3.4, and

(2) the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is

(3) reported in an honors thesis and

(4) presented in a public forum.

The absolute deadline to apply to declare is the term PRIOR to when you plan to graduate:

 Graduation Term   Deadline to Declare Honors 
Fall 2023 Monday, June 26, 2023
Winter 2024 Monday, October 23, 2023
Summer 2024 Monday, March 4, 2024
Fall 2024 Monday, June 24, 2024
Winter 2025 Monday, October 21, 2024
Summer 2025 Monday, March 3, 2025
Fall 2025 Monday, June 23, 2025
Winter 2026 Monday, October 20, 2025
Summer 2026 Monday, March 2, 2026
Fall 2026 Monday, June 22, 2026
Winter 2027 Monday, October 26, 2026
Summer 2027 Monday, March 8, 2027
Fall 2027 Monday, June 21, 2027


Please note that the Honors Thesis ULWR Intent Form is specifically intended for those students who are doing an Honors Thesis and who have declared a major.


Thesis due date is the 1st of the Month you Plan to Graduate (April 1, December 1, August 1)


Thesis Planning, Requirements, & Timeline Details: