Honors in the Biological Sciences
Undergraduates enrolled in Biological Sciences programs may pursue work towards Honors in the concentration. Honors is based upon an in-depth, original research project carried out under the guidance of a Brown (and usually BioMed) affiliated Faculty Advisor. Projects are generally conducted for NO LESS than TWO FULL SEMESTERS, and often more. The work is carried out typically for credit via BIOL 1950/1960 or similar independent study course in another department, and reflect the major themes of the individual’s program and specific coursework. The Project culminates in the writing of a Thesis, which is reviewed by the Thesis Advisor and a Second Reader, also conversant with the field of inquiry. Also required is the representation of the thesis work in the form of an oral presentation (to the Advisors at minimum) OR a poster, at the annual Undergraduate Biology Research Poster Day. Excellence in grades within the concentration as well as a satisfactory evaluation by the advisors are also required for Honors.
Examples of past Honors thesis may be viewed in the Resource Library at the Biology Undergraduate Affairs Office.
• Students enrolled in Biology, Health and Human Biology, Biophysics, and Marine Biology programs should follow the guidelines and application process detailed here.
• Students in Applied Math-Biology, Computational Biology, Biochemistry, and BioMed Engineering, may utilize the Honors process via the respective departments: Applied Math, Computer Science, Chemistry, and Engineering, OR may proceed via Biological Sciences Honors process that is outlined on these pages.