Honors Program in Biology

The Honors Program in Biology is designed to give students hands-on experience with the latest cellular and molecular technologies including fluorescence microscopy, microplate assays, tissue culture, gene expression analysis, and recombinant DNA technology through a multi-semester independent research experience. Research projects will be presented at local, regional and national scientific meetings with the mentor and collaborating lab members. This team-focused approach to science produces a sense of community among students and provides a framework for future collaborative efforts. The program culminates in a senior year Honors Thesis based on the studentís research project.

Honors Curriculum

  • BIO 290 Introduction to Honors Research (2 credits): Provides an introduction to scientific research laboratory and the scientific method. Cellular and molecular techniques will be introduced in the context of a developing thesis proposal. Six hours per week is to be arranged with the faculty mentor. Only students with less than 54 college credits may register.
  • BIO 490 Honors Research (up to 3 credits): Provides an independent research experience for Honors students in Biology with a faculty mentor (to be identified). Up to nine hours per week (3h/cr) is to be arranged with the faculty mentor. Juniors and seniors only. May be repeated, but only 6 credits can be applied towards the major in Biology. Requires prior approval of the faculty mentor.
  • BIO 497 Honors Thesis (1 credit): The Honors Research Project culminates in a written Honors Thesis to be presented at Scholarís Day or another appropriate scientific forum. The thesis must be approved by the Honors Coordinator and College Honors Program designee. Requires prior approval of the faculty mentor. Students must have obtained an overall GPA and a GPA in the major of 3.25 in order to register. A minimum grade of B must be obtained to receive Departmental Honors.

Career Opportunities

Candidates are eligible for positions in, but not limited to:

  • Medical School, Veterinary School and Dental School
  • Graduate Programs and Teaching Assistantships
  • Technical fields including: Medical Technology, Marketing, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Photography, Scientitific Writing
  • Medical fields including: Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Physician's Assistant and Optometry
  • Teaching positions
  • Forensics
  • Consulting
  • Pharmaceutical Sales

Admission Requirements

  • First-year students must have minimum Regentís scores of 90 in Biology and 85 in Chemistry and a minimum SAT Math score of 600. Students meeting these criteria must simply indicate a willingness to join the Honors Program.
  • Matriculated students (freshmen through first semester juniors) must have a 3.25 GPA, overall and in all science/math courses.
  • Trnasfer students (freshmen through first semester juniors) must have a minimum transfer GPA of 3.50 overall and in all science/math courses.

Honors Program Requirements

  • Honors students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to earn the Biology Honors Degree.
  • The College Honors Program requires that students be allowed to drop below a 3.25 GPA for no more than one semester, or will be dropped from the program.
  • Freshmen and sophomore students with less than 24 credits, and sophomore students with less than 54 credits must complete BIO 290 (2 credits).
  • All honors students must complete BIO 490 Honors Research (at least 5 credits) and BIO 497 Honors Thesis (1 credit).
  • Honors Thesis must be submitted and approved by the Honors Coordinator and College Honors Program designee and must be presented at Scholarís Day or an appropriate alternative public forum.

How to Apply

Interested first-year students meeting the SAT, Regentís and GPA minimums must simply indicate a willingness to join. Matriculated students with a GPA of 3.25 may fill out a simple application, available in the department office.

For Program Information

  • Laurie Cook, PhD
  • Director, Honors Program
  • The College at Brockport
  • 350 New Campus Drive
  • Brockport, NY 14420
  • Tel: (585) 395-5757
  • Email: lcook@brockport.edu

For Admission Information

  • Office of Admission
  • The College of Brockport
  • 350 New Campus Drive
  • Brockport, NY 14420
  • Tel: (585) 395-2751
  • Email: admit@brockport.edu
  • Web: www.brockport.edu/admissions/