Undergraduate Research

Honors in Biological Sciences Program

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an Honors in the Major Program that recognizes research accomplishments of talented undergraduates. Eligible undergraduate students may apply to participate in the Department of Biological Sciences Honors in the Major program if they have a minimum of 20 credits in biology and an overall 3.2 GPA. There are two paths to attaining Honors in the Major: The Honors Research Thesis Pathway or the Honors Research Pathway. Students who successfully fulfill all requirements associated with one of the biology honors pathways and have an overall GPA of 3.2 or greater at the time of degree conferral will receive a designation of Honors in the Major on their transcripts. The transcript designations, "Honors in Biological Sciences - Research Thesis" or "Honors in Biological Sciences - Research," will mark participation in one of the two paths.

Students begin the Honors in the Major Program in their junior year and conduct independent, supervised research during their junior and senior years. Interested students should contact the Biological Sciences Department faculty member whose research interests are closest to those the student wishes to pursue. The Honors Research Thesis Pathway requires a written paper and seminar describing the results of their honors research in the senior year. The Honors Research Pathway requires submission of a grant proposal (internal or external) and presentation of a poster or seminar at a local, regional, national or international research conference/symposium describing the results of their honors research in the senior year. Students who need help finding a finding a research mentor should consider taking BSC 3453 Introduction to Biological Research offered in spring semesters. For more information, please visit the undergraduate research opportunities.

The FAU Max Planck Honors Program (MPHP) is eligible to College of Science majors in Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience and Behavior may apply to participate in this Jupiter-specific honors program for undergraduates. For students pursuing the MPHP, 3 to 6 of the elective credits in their individual program must be applied toward the requirements of the MPHP. These include successful completion of a Capstone experience (1 to 3 credits) and three different MPHP Enrichment courses (1 credit each) from those listed below. A minimum grade of "B" must be achieved in graded courses ("S" in non-graded courses) among these exclusive MPHP course options for the credits to count toward the requirements of the MPHP. Visit the MPHP website to apply.