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Biological Sciences

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The Department of Biological Sciences Honors in Discipline Program

The Honors-in-Discipline (HiD) program in the Department of Biological Sciences will provide YOU with an enhanced program of study for your major in biology (standard, concentration, and biochemistry tracks).  The Biology Faculty promise you a challenging and stimulating college experience. The Biology HiD program emphasizes student learning through experience, research and scholarship.  Honors students become part of our scholarly community, encouraged to participate in scientific dialogue with peers and faculty.  You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to complete a formal research project that you select from the vast array of on-going research disciplines in biology.  We seek highly motivated students willing to work with us in learning and discovery.


The Program

Students selected for the program will begin their Honors in Biology with the Honors Launch, a one-credit course designed to introduce new biology honors scholars to our faculty, courses, laboratories and scholarly discourse. 

Biology Honors Scholars will also participate in our departmental seminars (Honors Seminar credit); take Research Orientation (2 credits) their sophomore year; join a laboratory (Research in Biology credit) and participate in honors-enriched courses of their choice during their junior year; and finally, as seniors, they will receive academic credit to complete their Honors Thesis (Senior Honors Thesis; 3-6 credits).  Retention and successful completion requires a 3.25 cumulative GPA and 3.6 Biology GPA each semester; a semester of probation is available as a 2nd chance for the occasional tough semester.


Eligibility, Selection, and Scholarship

Incoming Freshmen:  You are eligible to apply for Biology Honors if you have a minimum cumulative (overall) High School GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) OR an ACT composite score of 28+ (exclude writing) or SAT score of 1250+ (math and reading only).

Incoming Transfer Students:  You are eligible to apply if you have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA in higher education AND a 3.6 GPA in college biology courses. In most cases, transfer students should expect to spend at least two years to successfully complete their biology major with Honors.

Selection:  Selection is competitive.  All applications will be evaluated by the Biology Honors Committee (faculty) and the Honors Coordinator. To ensure the quality of the program, only a limited number of spaces are available.

Scholarships are limited, but students will always be considered, when possible.  All students selected for the program will be considered for honors scholarships, as they become available from the Honors College.



For additional details, please contact our Biology Honors Coordinator, Dr. Rebecca A. Pyles by email ( to express your interest in the program and she will distribute an application directly to you.

Applications for Fall term selections will be available in February of each year, with a March 1 deadline for submission.  Applications for Spring term selections will be available in October of each year, with a November 1 deadline for submissions.  Please note that decisions for spring terms are delayed until fall grades have been posted.


 Please click here to review the Biology Honors Program of Study

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