Biology Scholars Program

Any Biology major working toward the requirements below is considered a Biology Scholar.  Any student who completes the below requirements earns Biology Departmental Honors and will be recognized at graduation, receive a certificate from the department, and have this designation noted on their transcript.  .

  1. Complete 6 hours of Independent Research (BIO 394, BIO 395, BIO 397, or BIO 398).
  2. Have an overall 3.5 GPA upon graduation.
  3. Complete two biology scholars courses or two 400G*, 500 or 600** level Biology (BIO) courses, or a combination of a BIO scholars course and a 400G/500/600 BIO course.  You can find a list of eligible courses each semester here.
  4. Publically present your research results or write a thesis. Presentations can take many forms such as a talk or poster at a professional meeting or to some other group larger than a research lab. The University hosts an undergraduate research poster session late in each Spring semester.  A thesis is also acceptable (see UK thesis guidelines); contact DUS for more information on the thesis.
  5. Complete the Biology Scholars Application during the semester of your planned graduation (due October 20 for December graduates OR March 20 for May graduates). 

*To receive Scholars credit for a 400G course, you must complete the “G”, or graduate level, course requirements. Inform your instructor that you would like to use the course as a Scholars course and submit written verification from them that you completed the "G" requirements of the course.

**600 level courses require special permission to register. Complete the “Undergraduate Enrollment in a Graduate-Level Course” form.

All courses used to satisfy Biology Scholars requirements must be taken for a letter grade and must have the BIO prefix (i.e. must be a Biology course) (BCH courses will NOT count).

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