Honors in Major

Honors in Major

To be eligible to graduate with Honors in Major, Biology majors must complete 16 credit hours of honors courses at the 500 level or higher in one or more of the biological sciences, including a minimum of 4 credits in BIOL 799, Honors Research/Thesis; and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.40 overall and in courses required by the major.  Biology majors wishing to be admitted to the Honors-in-Major program must first consult with the Biology Program Honors Liaison, preferably before the beginning of the junior year.

Honors-in-Major Program Description:


Students are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.40 as well as a GPA of 3.40 in major-required course work.

To be awarded the B.S. degree with Honors-in-Major in Biology the student must complete at least 16 credits of honors courses at the 500 level or higher in the biological sciences.  At least two courses must be at the 600 or 700 level, with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 credits being for BIOL 799, Honors Research/Thesis.

You may complete the 16 credits of honors course work by one of two methods.  You may either enroll in honors courses offered by any of the biological sciences departments (couses with an “H” following the number), or, with the agreement of the course instructor for a course in which you are enrolled, you may complete additional assignments (research papers, complementary readings, etc.) that will constitute an honors experience in any 600 or 700 level biological science course.

If the latter method is chosen the additional course work must be agreed to in writing by both you and the instructor before the beginning of the term.  To complete the process and receive honors credit for the course, you must notify the Registrar's Office with an " Honors Designation Change Form" (http://www.unh.edu/registrar/forms/honorsform.pdf) signed by you and the instructor.  The deadline for notification is at  the beginning of each semester up to the course drop deadline

Enrollment in BIOL 799 requires that you complete a research project approved and supervised by a biological sciences faculty member, write a research proposal, a concluding thesis on your research, and orally and/or visually communicate the results of your research, typically at the Undergraduate Research Conference in April of each year.

Contact:  Honors Program Coordinator, Spaulding Hall Room 266- Dr. Donald Chandler (donald.chandler@unh.edu)

For further information please see https://www.unh.edu/honors-program