The honors thesis project should be centered within the student’s major department or program. In addition to following the honors thesis guidelines established by his/her major, the student must demonstrate the project’s relevance to the biotechnology/bioengineering field if he/she plans to have it count towards the minor requirement. An honor thesis can only be counted for the minor if the thesis is successfully completed and defended. Ideally, the student’s thesis committee would have a committee member from the biotechnology/bioengineering advisory committee.
In order for a student to get course credit for the first semester of the honors thesis, he/she should provide sufficient evidence to the Advisory Committee on the progress of the project. Otherwise, honors will be given only one course credit towards the minor. If the student changes his/her mind after the first semester and converts honors to independent study, the Advisory Committee will decide on honoring a course credit upon review of the project report. It is the responsibility of students to inform the committee chair of pursuing honors and/or independent study and provide necessary support documents (proposal, drafts, etc.) at dates no later than their departmental deadlines.
An independent study project can be counted towards the minor requirement if the scope of the project is centered within the major where the independent study is offered and is relevant to the biotechnology or bioengineering field. The project must be approved by the Advisory Committee of the Biotechnology/Bioengineering Program through the following process.