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BSC (Biological Sciences)
499
032409
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Honors Thesis in Biological Sciences
Honors Thesis Bio Sci
College of Sciences
Biological Sciences (17BSC)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Summer 1 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
1
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture1
Course Attribute(s)
Capstone

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Jane Lubischer
Teaching Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1515Nono comments
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: BSC 498 or (BSC 497 and departmental approval)
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
?Department of Biological Sciences Honors ProgramRequired
This course provides Department of Biological Sciences honors students a venue for reviewing and revising their honors thesis and oral presentations of their honors project. Students will critique their own work and the work of others using the intellectual standards of critical thinking and in the context of honors project requirements. Students will present their honors work through different formats, including oral presentations for different audiences as well as the written honors thesis.

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:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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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 this course, students will be able to:



  • explain their honors project, including background and rationale, what they did, their results/outcomes, and conclusions.

  • present their honors project in both written and oral formats.

  • describe their honors project in a 3 minute “elevator speech.”

  • critique their own work and that of others using the intellectual standards of critical and creative thinking.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment30Abstract
Oral Presentation303-Minute Talk
Other50Feedback on Rationale Presentations
Oral Presentation4010-Minute In-Class Presentation
presentation100Presentation of your honors work at a departmental, university, state, or national forum. State or national meeting presentations can be verified by your mentor.
Written Assignment250Honors Thesis
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see syllabus

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