The same professors teaching your classes are also engaged in research within their particular discipline, and the opportunities to work in their labs can provide you with experiences that are not necessarily available when completing your structured course work. Should you choose to complete a degree with Departmental Honors, you can then substitute the time and credit hours that you would spend completing elective courses with research on your own project.
You can complete a Departmental Honors degree in any one of the tracks or emphases within the Biological Sciences major and even as a double major in another field. Please consult the list of faculty in the department whose research interests might be aligned with your own interests.
In consultation with your faculty mentor, you must write a brief proposal describing the research that you intend to complete. This document should be submitted to the Departmental Honors Coordinator. You must complete at least 12 semester hours with some combination of the following courses:
You are eligible for all of the same benefits that are available to Honors students outside of the major once you have been accepted into the Departmental Honors Program. These include: An earlier registration period, so you can sign up for the courses that you want before they reach their enrollment quotas; Eligibility for both scholarship and grant awards as well as eligibility for university housing that is set aside for Honors students.
Additional information about the Departmental Honors Programs is available at Eastern's Departmental Honors Program website. If you have questions about completing Departmental Honors within the Department of Biological Sciences, please contact the Departmental Honors Coordinator. If you are interested in applying, please fill out an application form (PDF) and consult with a faculty mentor before submitting your application to the Departmental Honors Coordinator, Prof. Barbara Carlsward (Life Science Building 3074, 217-581-3223)
Download the Honors Program Flyer.