Students earning either a BA in biology or BS in cellular and molecular biology are eligible to receive their degree with honors. The following requirements are in addition to the regular requirements for the degrees.

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher in N and Q courses. Use the Honor’s GPA Worksheet from Academic Advising to calculate your GPA in these courses and attach a transcript
  • 6 credits of registered independent research (note that this is already a requirement for the BS degree)
  • A letter of support from your research supervisor (the PI of the lab)
  • Presentation of your independent research as a seminar or poster presentation

Once you have the above materials assembled, please complete the Application for Honors in Biology or Molecular & Cellular Biology form by March 27 for spring graduation or October 25 for fall graduation (recently extended). These deadlines are early so that we can inform the office of academic advising of who intends to receive honors. Final GPA calculations and letters of recommendation must be completed by the end of classes in the semester you will graduate.

The deadline for submission of the letter of support from your research supervisor is April 17th for spring graduation.