HONORS IN THE MAJOR
The Department of Biological Science offers an Honors In The Major Program to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent, original research as a part of the undergraduate experience. The program helps some students to decide whether they enjoy the independent work required in graduate study. Successful Honors In The Major students find that the talents they develop are especially useful later in graduate and professional school and in their careers. Each Honors In The Major student works with faculty members of their choice on a two- or three-semester research project culminating in an Honors Thesis. A thesis is defined as a document that describes the scope, methodology, results, and conclusions of academic research. Honors In The Major students defend their finished thesis in a meeting with their selected faculty members and submit the final thesis or research project to the University Honors Program. Successful completion of the Honors Thesis results in the distinction of graduating "With Honors in Biological Science". This distinction is announced at graduation and on the student's permanent record.
Students who participate in Honors In The Major become members of the University Honors Program and are eligible for all program activities and other benefits. Honors In The Major students are also eligible, on a space-available basis, for honors-only liberal studies courses. Each term that an honors student is in the program, the student enrolls in BSC 4970r: Honors Work in Biological Science for 3 semester hours. To allow sufficient time to complete the scientific research and write the Honors Thesis, the course is repeatable to a maximum of 12 semester hours, 6 hours of which can be used to meet the 38-hour biological science coursework requirement.
Biological science majors who are interested in the Honors In The Major Program may apply if they have:
General information on the Honors In The Major program or admittance criteria can be obtained by contacting the University Honors Program at A5400 University Center, 850-644-1841.
For specific information on applying to the Honors in the Biology Major program, biological sciences students are encouraged to contact Dr. Walter Tschinkel, Director of Honors In The Major for the Department of Biological Science (203 Bio Unit I; 850-644-4489). The following provides a summary of recent Honors In The Major research projects.
RECENT HONORS IN THE MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS
For more information about the program, visit http://honorsinthemajor.fsu.edu/
Along with undergraduate teaching and graduate student training, research is strongly emphasized in the Department of Biological Science. The department is internationally noted for its research programs in both systematic and experimental biology. Fully equipped research laboratories are located in five buildings on campus (Conradi, Biological Science Unit I, Institute of Molecular Biophysics, Biomedical Research Building, and Nuclear Research Building). On-campus research facilities include the Electron Microscope Center (including one scanning electron microscope, three transmission microscopes, a quantitative fluorescence microscope, and a laser scanning confocal microscope). A recently installed Philips CM 300-FEG TEM is equipped for high-resolution cryomicroscopy of unstained protein molecules and protein crystals. Researchers also have access to radioisotope instrumentation laboratories, an X-ray laboratory, the Monoclonal Antibody Laboratory, the Analytical Laboratory, the Structural Biology Laboratory, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Special service facilities include the Histology Laboratory, special culture chambers, greenhouses, machine and electronics shops, animal housing, ultracentrifuges, cold laboratories, sterile laboratories, shielded electrophysiological laboratories, field vehicles, special instrumentation for biological photography, the Instrument Design Laboratory, and the facilities of the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute (SCRI). Significant research collections of microorganisms and of birds are also maintained on campus and the department supports a herbarium containing about 200,000 specimens. Off-campus research facilities include the FSU Marine Laboratory on the Gulf of Mexico, and the Mission Road Greenhouse. The privately endowed Tall Timbers Research Station is located just north of Tallahassee.
REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COURSES
An up-to-date list of undergraduate research opportunities, both within the department and elsewhere, is available at http://www.bio.fsu.edu/undergrad/researchops.php.