When should I consider the Honors in Biological Science Program?

Typically students having the prerequisite should discuss with their advisor enrolling in the Honors program during their Sophomore year and at the beginning of their Junior year

How competitive is the Honors in Biology program?

The program is currently highly competitive. Thus, in addition to the GPA and class requirements, applicants with seniority, previous research experience, and already having a researcher advisor for the Honors in Biology program will be preferred.  

How long is the program?

The program is 3-semesters long with enrollment at the latest in the 4th semester BEFORE targeted graduation date

What are the research availabilities?

Multiple Professors in the Department of Biological Sciences offer research opportunities. Consider contacting them early.

How do I apply?

The program is by INVITATION ONLY.Should you meet the criteria, you will receive an invitation to apply.

How do I make sure I have the qualifications for the program?

Potentially eligible students are defined based on (BIOL3111 grade/enrollment, overall GPA, Biology GPA and estimated semester to graduation) using Registar data, Faculty input,  and/or students’ application requests.  Eligible students will receive an Invitation to Apply to the Honors in Biological Sciences program.

How is the BIOL GPA calculated?

BIOL GPA is calculated including all BIOL courses EXCLUDING BIOL 1110, BIOL 1110L, BIOL 1115, BIOL 2273, BIOL 2274, BIOL 2273L, BIOL 2274L, BIOL 2259 and BIOL 2259L.

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How do I manage class conflicts?

For the incoming Honors students, BIOL4601 is offered during the Spring 2018 semester on Friday mornings (8:00 AM – 10:45 AM). The schedule for the course has been established earlier in the year and cannot be altered at this point.

I am currently enrolled in BIOL3111, one of the prerequisites for the Honors program. Can I submit my application?

Yes. Students enrolled in BIOL3111 will be evaluated at semester end and will have the opportunity to enroll in the program if their final grade is an A or B in BIOL3111.

How and when do I enroll into BIOL4601?

Once a student’s application to the Honors in Biological Sciences program is approved, the student will be able to register as registration is by Instructor authorization only. This can occur until the last day of registration in Jan 2018. In other words, once your application to the program is approved, a corresponding spot in BIOL4601 will be made available.

I have additional questions or specific inquiries

Please contact the Director of the Honors in Biological Sciences program, Dr. Didier Dréau

Is research required?

Yes. The research component is an essential part of the Honors in Biological Sciences program and students will conduct a two semester-long research project concluding with an Honors thesis and an oral presentation