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    Mar 24, 2023  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023

Honors in Biology

Available through the Department of Biology , College of Arts and Sciences , the Honors in Biology program offers Biology majors the opportunity to participate in a series of advanced courses designed to foster an immersion in supervised individual research in biology. Research experience may include an in-depth literature review, hands-on laboratory work and/or fieldwork depending on the interests of the student and the availability of faculty supervisors.  

Admission to the Program

Students apply for admission in the spring of sophomore year or the fall of their junior year. 

Students seeking admission to the program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher, have a major GPA of 3.33 or higher, and submit a written proposal. The written proposal should describe one’s grades, any exceptions that the admissions committee should consider, how the Honors in Biology program will facilitate their goals beyond their undergraduate education, and a brief explanation of the specific field of biology they are interested in further exploring.

Program Requirements

  • 9 credit hours of Honors in Biology coursework
    • 3 credit hours in advanced research methods
    • 6 credit hours in an honors capstone project, original research that is mentored by a faculty member in the department
  • Minimum 3.33 major GPA in Biology (BS)  

Course Requirements

Advanced Research Methods (3 credit hours)