Honors in Biology is based, first and foremost, on an extensive research experience. Carried out to its fullest extent, it can culminate in a final thesis, an oral presentation or poster, a satisfactory evaluation by a faculty honors sponsor and second reader. These are the principal features that will lead to graduating with Honors in the discipline. Do grades matter? the answer is YES, but not to the extent that some Cs,or even a slow start academically will necessarily preclude attaining Honors.
The academic requirement as stated on our website is that there be mostly QUALITY GRADES (aim for As and Bs) in the concentration. This also involves quality course choices, progress and rigor.
Naturally, students would wish to aim for the best performance possible in a challenging array of courses, chosen thoughtfully each semester and showing growth and curiosity.
An FAQ about Honors in Biology can be found on this page: http://bms.brown.edu/bug/ugres.html