Honors Program in Biology

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.

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 undergraduate research symposiums.

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 an independent research project. For information about honors classes, forms, and GPA requirements, go to the Honors Program website.

Honors in Your Major: 

Honors Scholar 2018 & Later:

  • 15 credits of honors coursework: 12 credits must be at the 2000-level or above in EEB, MCB, and/or PNB; 3 additional credits at any level, which can be in the major or related.
  • This should 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.
  • Participate in a professional development opportunity for the “engagement in the major field”. Discuss with your faculty honors advisor regarding which activities qualify.
  • The University Honors Laureate is an additional option for honors students. Requirements found here.

Honors Scholar 2017 & Earlier:

  • 12 credits of honors coursework in EEB, MCB, and/or PNB (2000-level or above).
  • This should 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.
  • 3 additional honors credits (any level).

Honors Thesis Information:

Honors Advisor Information:

Students are assigned a staff and faculty honors advisor. Starting during junior year, students are assigned a faculty honors advisor. Advisor contact information is located in your student admin account (under advisor information).

Kaitlin Heenehan and Dr. Anne Kim,  STEM Scholar Advisors, serve as secondary advisors to all honors students in STEM and to students with the STEM Scholarship designation. Students can schedule appointments on Nexus under Enrichment Programs.

Registration Information:

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.

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