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Departmental HonorsHuman Biology Program

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


Outstanding students earning the B.A. or B.S. in Human Biology who are highly motivated to conduct independent research are encouraged to apply for the Human Biology Departmental Honors program. It is best suited to students who wish to expand and deepen their inquiry into an aspect of human biology beyond the core classes. The honors option is a challenging endeavor and should only be embarked upon with a strong commitment to, and ability to carry out, independent work. Interested students should start thinking about this option during their sophomore year or first semester of their junior year.

Honors requirements

  1. GPA Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. Honors candidates must have a GPA of at least 3.700 in the B.A. or B.S. in Human Biology at the time of graduation.
    2. College GPA. Honors candidates must have a College GPA of at least 3.700 at the time of graduation.
  2. Undergraduate Research.
    1. Course Enrollment. Six (6) credit hours over the course of two (2) semesters:
    2. Additional Expectations. Students will:
      1. Engage in a year-long independent project involving research, or, a creative activity or service learning project that is contextualized within the scholarly literature during the senior year.
      2. Write a thesis and an additional paper, per the guidelines of the program.
      3. Present the results to the public.
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
    2. Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
    3. Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.