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The Biology Honors program is a competitive program that will allow talented Biology students to perform research at an advanced level.

Admission to the program will require a formal application with the following requirements:

  • A minimum 3.5 GPA at the time of the application.
  • Application generally 1 year in advance of graduation, or at least 1 semester in advance for students with at least 3 credits of prior research.
  • Approval of the application by the mentoring professor and the department chair.
  • A formal research proposal approved by the mentoring professor.

Successful completion of the Honors Degree will require:

  • Establishing an advisory committee composed of the mentoring professor and 1 (or more) other faculty members.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of undergraduate research taken over at least 2 semesters (including hours taken prior to enrollment in the program).
  • A written Honors thesis to be read and approved by the all members of the advisory committee.
  • A public lecture followed immediately by a formal defense that is closed to the public but includes the advisory committee and is open to any Fredonia faculty.

Upon successful completion of the Honors program:

  • Students will have the designation “Biology Honors” placed on their transcript.
  • Students will be designated as “Biology Honors’ graduates in the commencement booklet and can wear appropriate Honors cords during the ceremony.

Biology Department

  • 221 Science Center State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY 14063

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