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BSC (Biological Sciences)
497
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Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Biological Sciences Honors Project Part 1
Bio Sci Honors 1
College of Sciences
Biological Sciences (17BSC)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Summer 1 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Credit Only (S/U)
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Research10
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Lisa Parks
Teaching Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Research1515Nono comment
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
?Biological Sciences Honors ProgramRequired
Together, BSC 497 and BSC 498 provide a two-semester sequence for honors projects conducted by students in good standing in the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Honors Program. Before enrollment in BSC 497, honors students (1) identify a project in consultation with a faculty mentor, (2) work with that mentor to complete a contract describing the expectations for their work together in BSC 497, and (3) have the contract approved by the DBS Honors Program Committee. The approved contract will describe the specific requirements and expectations of the BSC 497 experience. Departmental approval required.

We are proposing a new departmental honors program that will, eventually, replace the existing four transitional programs created during college restructuring.  Our goals in creating this new program include increasing the rigor of the program (with a higher required GPA and a new honors thesis requirement), making it clearly distinct from the University Honors Program, and making more efficient our administration of the program.  This is one of three new course actions (BSC 497, BSC 498, and BSC 499) that are linked to the creation of this new departmental honors program.


We need to do these as new courses, so that students already in the program (under the previous requirements) can continue with the previous courses (BIO 498 & BIO 499). We will discontinue those programs and courses after they are no longer needed by students completing departmental honors under the previous set of requirements.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

none requested

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing BSC 497, students will be able to



  • identify literature sources relevant to their proposed honors project.

  • describe preliminary work completed on their honors project.

  • describe and justify their honors project proposal.

  • explain how they applied their academic (in-class) experiences to their BSC 497 experience

  • describe the knowledge and skills they gained or further developed through their BSC 497 experience

  • explain how their understanding of the nature and practice of science was impacted by their BSC 497 experience


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment.Reflection questions -- To earn an 'S' student must answer all questions and must earn at least 70% on all combined, based on relevance, clarity, logic, and depth.
Written Assignment.Honors Project Proposal must be approved by the mentor and submitted to the DBS Honors Program Committee.
Other.Students must complete the number of hours of expected work to earn an 'S' in BSC 497.

[The grading components are not additive, so the "weighting/points for each" column on this form is not appropriate.]
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
.There is no set schedule. Honors students will arrange a work schedule and expectations for that work with their mentor, to be described in a contract completed and approved before enrollment in this course. Time commitment is expected to be a total of 150 hours over the course of the semester.

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