Honors in Biology


An honors program in the biology department requires at least six hours of biological research credit or its equivalent, an overall GPA of 3.5 and a biology GPA of 3.7 and a combined Biology + supporting courses GPA of 3.5. The research requirement can be met by (1) six credits in BIOL 495, (2) a research experience off campus* or in another Wheaton College department* or as a Summer Researcher at Wheaton, or (3) a combination of (1) and (2). In either case, communication of results in a publishable paper (in preparation, in review, or in press) or communication of results at a scientific meeting [National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA), or any professional society meeting] or an equivalent professional accomplishment as determined by the Department of Biology is also required.

An application for honors consideration in biology can be obtained from the departmental office. Application for honors must be made by the second Friday in February of the student’s senior year or by the second Friday in October for a December graduation.

*Approval of these research experiences not performed in the Biology Department must be granted by the Biology Department prior to the experience in order to receive BIOL 495 credit or for inclusion of the experience as a consideration for honors.

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