Independent Study

The independent study program in biology is open to students who have demonstrated the potential to complete successfully an original independent research project. Each student involved in the independent research program selects a faculty member who will work closely with the research student and direct the research project. Independent research students commonly present the results of their work at scientific meetings and/or publish their findings in scientific journals as co-authors faculty mentors.  

Students with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better may elect to do an independent study project which could lead to departmental honors. An honors candidate is required to submit a thesis based on the laboratory or field investigations and defend it before an examining committee chosen by the research sponsor, Following successful completion of the defense, the candidate's record is reviewed by the examining committee, whereupon a decision is made concerning a recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty that the candidate graduate with departmental honors (*).