Independent Study

The independent study program in biology is open to students of junior and senior status who have demonstrated the potential to complete successfully an original independent research project. Each student involved in the program selects a faculty member who will direct the research. 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 (*).