Both the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offer graduation with honors. Biochemistry students with a strong academic record are eligible for this distinction — you do not need to be a member of the university-wide Honors Program, although many of our students are.
To pursue this option, you must select a faculty member with whom to conduct an original research project. At the end of the project, you will write a thesis, guided by your faculty mentor. The thesis is presented before a committee of five faculty members, including your mentor. You’ll then defend your thesis work in a short oral examination conducted by the committee. Successful graduation with honors is a very prestigious distinction for your resume. Complete details can be found in the Guidelines for Honors Thesis.
Special research fellowships to pursue a degree with honors are offered through CASNR. See the section titled "Undergraduate Honors Student Research Program" to find out how to apply for this Agricultural Research Division Award.
As a high-achieving student, you may qualify for and become a prestigious Beckman Scholar. Please consider starting research during the second semester of your first-year or at the start of your second-year to best prepare for Beckman and Honors Thesis.
The following is a model undergraduate thesis:
Combined B.S./M.S. Degree
Depending on your career objectives, if you are considering graduating with honors, you may also be interested in pursuing the combined bachelors/masters degree. Students apply for this program after the sophomore year. Please see Erin Sayer, Chief Academic Advisor for more information.