The Honors in Biology option is designed to add a rigorous independent research component to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology to better prepare students for graduate and professional schools or for research-oriented laboratory work.
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B.S. in Biology, Honors

Degree Overview

Students completing the Honors-in-Biology option are required to complete the requirements listed for the Bachelor of Science in Biology major and the following courses; however, BL 491E-W also fulfills three semester hours of the upper division biology elective requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Biology major.

A degree in biology will teach students the nature of scientific inquiry, the fundamentals of modern biology (from molecules to ecosystems), and how to put that knowledge into the larger context of the students' lives. The recognition that inquiry is at the heart of science means that we not only strive to teach students biology but we strive to teach students how to be responsible biologists.

Program Requirements

Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:

  • Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
  • Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
  • Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year

More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.S. in Biology, Honors. It is recommended that students apply for candidacy in the Honors-in-Biology program in their Sophomore year.
Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Students completing the Honors-in-Biology option are required to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology major and the following courses:
BL 491E-w Undergraduate Research in Biology (3 ch)
BL 499A Senior Thesis I* (1 ch)
BL 499B Senior Thesis II* (1 ch)
Candidacy must be approved by the chairperson of the Department of Biology. The candidate must:
1. Select a thesis advisor and submit a preliminary thesis proposal.
2. Complete a long-term research project for Undergraduate Research in Biology credit over at least three semesters.
3. Complete Thesis I requirements which will include:
a. Submitting a detailed thesis outline to the thesis advisor and Senior Thesis I instructor before the mid-semester break.
b. Submitting a partial thesis draft including the literature review components and the Materials and Methods section(s) to the thesis advisor and Senior Thesis I instructor before the course withdrawal deadline.
4. Complete Senior Thesis II requirements by:
a. Submitting a draft thesis to the thesis advisor before the mid-semester break.
b. Submitting a final thesis (conforming to formatting guidelines provided by the Biology Department) for approval to an examination committee of three faculty (including the thesis advisor and at least two Regis Biology Department faculty) before the course withdrawal deadline.
5. Defending his/her thesis before the examination committee in a public forum followed by a discussion with the committee.
Total Degree Requirements: 66 credit hours

*Senior Thesis is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.

How to Apply

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