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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). All required course for the major must be included. However, if you took more science electives than required for the major you may choose which ones to include in the GPA calculation. Your transcript (an official transcript), a detailed report on at least one semester of research, and a recommendation for honors from your research supervisor.

Hardcopies of all materials must be submitted (except the PDF of the article which should be emailed to to 600 Fairchild Departmental Office no later than the day before spring break of the student's eighth and final semester. If there are any questions, contact Jaya Santosh at, or the director of undergraduate studies, Dr. Deborah Mowshowitz, at

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