College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Privileges

Honors students may take the following courses:

BSCI 398H Honors Seminar (1 credit/semester). Required each semester that the student is in the Honors Program. Meets 1 hour/week (Monday 4:00-5:00 p.m., Room 1230 Biol-Psychol Building). The Honors Seminar requirement may be waived by the Director of the Honors Biology Program during one semester only (except for the last semester of the senior year) if its scheduled time conflicts with a course that is required for the student's graduation, in which case the student is required to attend other relevant seminars and submit a short report of each. Students need to report to the Biology Undergraduate Office (Room 2227, Biology-Psychology Building, cjordan@umd.edu) each semester in order to have the electronic barrier removed for enrollment.

BSCI 399H Honors Research (1-2 credits/semester). Required each semester that the student is carrying out some aspect of the research process described above. As a rule of thumb, 3-4 hours of research time/week = 1 credit hour. Be sure to specify your mentor's individual section number when registering for this course. A total of three credit hours of Honors Research (399H) will apply toward the biological sciences major (will not count as a lab course). The remaining credits (up to 8 hours for 399H and up to 4 hours for 398H) contribute to general electives toward graduation. Students need to report to the Biology Undergraduate Office (Room 2227, Biology-Psychology Building, cjordan@umd.edu) each semester in order to have the electronic barrier removed for enrollment.

  1. Honors students who are making demonstrable progress in their research are eligible to apply for scholarships that may be available from the General Honors Program or from the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (e.g., the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship).

  2. They may be granted the right to use academic facilities ordinarily available only to graduate students or assistants.

  3. They may take, with permission of the instructor and the Department, graduate courses and receive undergraduate credit for them.

  4. They may be exempted from some Department requirements, as recommended by the Honors Program Director and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

  5. They may apply for after-hour parking privileges in a Biology Building parking lot.

  6. They will receive Biology Newsletters and may make contributions to the newsletter.

  7. They are invited to attend the weekly department seminars: Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior - Monday, Noon, Room 1208; Neuroscience - Friday, Noon, Room 1208; Cell & Molecular - Wednesday, Noon, Room 1208).

  8. They may take any University Honors Program course (including many 300-level courses that may fulfill advanced studies requirements) or any Honors version courses in any department (departmental approval required in some cases).