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Graduating with Honors

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 meet all 3 of the following criteria:
  • achieve a GPA of greater than 3.6 for their first seven semesters of courses taken toward their major

  • remain in good standing in the College

  • carry out supervised but independent laboratory research for two semesters or the equivalent by successful completion of any combination of one or two semesters of Biology 3500 or one or two semesters of research in the Department's SURF program before graduation. One semester of research must be completed by the end of the seventh semester
To apply for honors at graduation, students should be sure to submit their calculated GPA for majors courses (all courses required for the major, not just Biology courses), their transcript (an unofficial transcript, printed from Student Services Online , is fine), a detailed report on at least one semester of research, and a recommendation for honors from their research supervisor, to the Department Office - located in 600 Fairchild - no later than the day after spring break of the student's eighth and final semester.

*Note: Not all seniors who qualify for honors necessarily receive them since only a fixed percentage of students in each department may receive honors.
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