The University Honors Program (UHP) serves the many exceptionally talented undergraduate students who choose the University of Delaware. Eligible undergraduates study in smaller classes, where they receive special guidance from faculty members and individually tailored academic advising. Academic options for these students include a variety of Honors courses, undergraduate research, private music study, Honors Foreign Language Certificates, the General Honors Award, four-year Honors Degrees in many majors, and the Degree with Distinction in all majors. Extensive extracurricular programming includes activities in the Honors Center and in Honors residence halls. Honors Program students may pursue a degree in any of the University's undergraduate colleges and more than 130 majors, including biological sciences.
Students who did not enter the Honors Program at the time of application may be eligible to participate later on. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher at the University is the minimum required to be considered for Honors courses and membership in the Honors Program. If interested, contact Honors at (302) 831-1195.
Options in the Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences offers versions of several of the core courses in the major, including those listed below:
- BISC 100 Freshman Seminar (1 credit, Pass/Fail)
- BISC 207/208 Introductory Biology I and II (4 credits each)
- BISC 306 General Physiology (4 credits)
- BISC 326 General Physiology Discussion (1 credit)
- BISC 401 Molecular Biology of the Cell (4 credits)
- BISC 403 Genetic and Evolutionary Biology (4 credits)
Majors may pursue an Honors Degree or Honors Degree with Distinction in Biological Sciences (B.A.), Biological Sciences Education (B.A.), or Biological Sciences - Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (B.S.). The recipient must complete all of the requirements for the chosen B.A. or B.S. degree in biological sciences, plus all of the University's generic requirements for the Honors degree.
Honors students are assigned to a faculty advisor in the biological sciences (typically their instructor for introductory biology) at the summer New Student Orientation in the summer preceding the freshman year. Depending on degree and career choices, students may opt to keep the same advisor, or change at the start of junior year to reflect a specific interest (e.g., undergraduate research, biotechnology, secondary education in the biological sciences). In addition to regular conferences with their departmental advisors, Honors students at all class levels can rely on the Honors Program for academic assistance, ideas, information, and advice. Consult the Honors Program Staff page of the UHP Web site to see which administrator to contact with any questions or concerns.