The Honors Program in Biology at UCONN provides an enhanced educational experience to highly motivated undergraduate students. The three biology departments, EEB, MCB, and PNB, are jointly responsible for the Biology Honors Program. Currently, there are 408 honors students and the honors program in biology is 21% of honors students at UCONN.
There are many benefits to participating in the Biology Honors Program including specially designated honors courses, early access to advanced-level courses, and advising by honors advisors. Biology Honors Scholars also carry out independent research under the guidance of faculty mentors. They have the potential for co-authoring research publications and are encouraged to participate in the Annual Biology Undergraduate Colloquium.
To graduate as a Biology Honors Scholar, a student must have a Total Grade Point Average of at least 3.4 and must write a senior thesis based on the independent research. For information about honors classes, Sophomore Honors, forms, and GPA requirements, go to the Honors Program website.
Honors in Your Major:
The honors program in biology requires 12 credits of honors coursework in EEB, MCB, and/or PNB. This should include BIOL 2289, Introduction to Undergraduate Research, which is typically taken first semester of sophomore year. Additional honors coursework can include biology honors courses, honors conversions, honors independent study, and an honors thesis course. Students should expect to spend at least three semesters pursuing a research project culminating in the completion of an honors thesis.
Honors Thesis Information:
Honors Advisor Information:
Students are assigned a staff or faculty advisor. Advisor contact information is located on your student admin account (under advisor information).
Kaitlin Heenehan, STEM Scholar Advisor, serves as a secondary advisor to all honors students in STEM and to students with the STEM Scholarship designation. Contact her with questions about the Honors Thesis. Students can schedule appointments on AdvApp under Enrichment Programs.
Honors students may be required to meet with faculty advisors if the faculty advisor uses advising holds. Honors students who are assigned to a faculty advisor should email their advisor to ask when their office hours are or to request an appointment. View registration help page for additional registration information.