Independent Study

Independent study projects provide research experience and academic credit for laboratory, field work, or theoretical research.

Biology majors are encouraged to engage in independent study projects in areas of their interest. Independent study projects may be done with any faculty in the biological sciences.  Eligible students may use their independent research as the basis for an honors thesis, leading to graduation with distinction.

Up to 2 course credits (cc) in Independent Study will count as upper-level elective courses for the biology major, and one for the minor. Independent Study will also satisfy one of the two laboratory course requirements for the major, as well as the Small Group Learning Experience (SGLE) requirement for graduation. Additionally, Independent Study can satisfy the general education requirement for a Research Course (R).

All students should register for Independent Study under Biology 293 for the first semester of a project. Registration in Biology 493 is used for subsequent semesters in the same lab. The second semester, if it is a continuation in the same lab, will count toward the 400-level 'capstone' requirement (200-level prior to the renumbering) of the biology major. Students may also request Writing (W) credit for an independent study, typically in the second semester, with approval of their Research Supervisor and the DUS. No credit can be awarded for paid work.