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Honors Program

The goal of the Academic Honors Program in Biology is to enable students to increase the depth and rigor of their learning experiences in Biology!

Qualifications:

Student seeking admission into the Academic Honors Program in Biology must:

  • Have a declared major in Biological Sciences.
  • Have completed the Attributes of Living Systems Lecture and Lab courses (BIOL 105/105L) with a grade of 'B' or higher.
  • Have completed the first semester of General Chemistry lecture and lab (BIOL 131/131L) with a grade of 'B'or higher.
  • Have earned at least 45 semester credit hours.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all courses with a BIOL prefix.

Applying to the Program:

To to be considered for admission into the Academic Honors Program in Biology, the applicant should submit:

Please submit the completed application and the attached summary to the Biology Honors Program Advisor/Contact:

Name: Dr. Stephen Stern

Phone: 970-248-1674

Email: sstern@coloradomesa.edu

Graduating with the Academic Honors Program in Biology:

  • General Campus-Wide Requirements of the Program:

All students completing an Academic Honors program of study are expected to complete a senior capstone activity. The activity, depending upon the major, can range from an honors thesis to a creative work to an undergraduate research project. Additionally, students may be asked to present the results of their activity in a scholarly venue approved by their Academic Honors Program advisor (e.g., CMU's Student Showcase).

  • Specific Requirements for the Honors Program in Biology:

        To graduate with the Honors Program in Biology, students must: 

    • Take honors coursework by contract in upper-division courses in the major and/or through Honors topics courses (6 credits).

    • Complete one of the following:

      • Honors Structured Research (3 credits). Topics, methods and writing are to be guided by and approved by a faculty member. Includes a written report at the conclusion of the research experience, and may include a presentation at the Student Showcase or other public venue approved by the faculty member.

      • Honors Thesis (3 credits). A faculty member who specializes in the area in which the student wants to work should supervise the honors thesis. Includes a presentation approved by the faculty member.

    • Maintain a 3.50 GPA in all courses with a BIOL prefix.

For More Information:

For more information about the Academic Honors Program in Biology, students are welcome to contact Dr. Stephen Stern at sstern@coloradomesa.edu.