Biology Honors Program
The Biology Honors program is designed to help students carry out research projects and to present their results to their colleagues.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) recognizes students with high achievements in coursework and laboratory research by awarding Departmental Honors. Students earning a B.A. degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Human Biology1, or a B.S. degree in Biochemistry, Microbiology, or Biology (Cell Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology; Genetics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Neurobiology; Organismal Biology; or Teaching Biology) are eligible for Departmental Honors. Guidelines for Graduation with Honors in Biology (pdf) describes the procedures and requirements for attaining Biology Honors; candidates must submit a completed Departmental Honors Intent form (pdf) – with approval by the faculty mentor – to Angela Gere in the Undergraduate Biology Program office (2045 Haworth) no later than January 20 of their final semester.
Departmental Honors2 students:
- Design and carry out research projects in collaboration with a faculty member.
- Learn how KU biology professors became interested in research and discuss their current projects in Biology 499.
- Develop skills to present research projects to a group of peers in the classroom (Biology 699) and to the general public in the Honors Research Symposium at the end of the senior Spring semester.
- Write an honors thesis.
BIOLOGY HONORS RECIPIENTS
1These guidelines do not apply to Honors in Human Biology with concentrations in Anthropology, Applied Behavioral Science, Psychology, and Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders. Students pursuing these concentrations should follow the departmental honors guidelines for the individual departments.
2 This document describes the procedures and requirements for Departmental Honors. To learn about University Honors, consult the University Honors Program's website.