HONORS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
The Faculty of the College awards honors at
graduation to a small fraction of seniors who excel in their major. In the
Biological Sciences Department, honors will be recommended for
graduating seniors who:
- Achieve a GPA of greater than
3.6 for their first seven semesters of courses taken toward their major.
- Remain in good standing in
- Carry out supervised but
independent laboratory research before graduation. The research must be
done at Columbia or must be supervised by a
faculty member, and it must culminate in the writing of a research paper
(published or not).Research
required for honors must be completed before graduation; one semester of
the research must be completed by the end of the seventh semester. The
intensive research requirement can be met by any one of the following:
- two semesters of
- one semester of
Biology 3500 plus one summer of research in the Department's SURF/Amgen
scholars program (all in the same laboratory)
- a project lab (that
culminates in a paper).
To apply for honors at graduation, students should
be sure to submit to the Department Office -located in 600 Fairchild:
1) their calculated GPA for majors courses (all the
courses required for the major, not just Biology courses). GPA can be calculated from the GPA Calculator. If you have taken more than the number of required courses, you may choose which ones to apply to include in your GPA calculation. However, you should tell us about any additional Bio courses that you took but did not include in the basic calculation.
2) their transcript (an unofficial transcript,
printed from Student
Services Online, is fine)
3) a copy of the final paper
prepared for their Independent Research course or the equivalent; plus
a one-page double-spaced summary of their results written in English.
4) a recommendation for honors from their research
These items should be received by the Departmental
Office no later than the day after spring break of the student's eighth and
final semester. If there are any questions, contact Jaya Santosh at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the director of undergraduate studies, Dr. Deborah Mowshowitz, at email@example.com.
Not all seniors who qualify for honors necessarily receive them because
only a fixed percentage of students in each department may receive honors.