Bio 93/94 (Introduction to Research)
This course is designed to provide the student with an
introduction to biological research in the context of a
research laboratory or field project. Students are expected
to work at least ten hours per week on a project, in close
collaboration with the project supervisor. He or she should
begin to become familiar with the scientific literature by
reading scientific papers and should develop an understanding
of the basic conceptual context of the research.
At the end of the semester, the student is required to write a 5 to
10 page paper reporting his/her research results. The prerequisites
for this course are permission of the research mentor and
subsequently course coordinator. This class does not satisfy the
requirement for the laboratory or course requirements for the
biology major, but is counted toward the degree. Pass/fail credit.
Bio 93/94 Information and Registration forms can be obtained from
the Trunk website.
Bio 193/194 (Independent Research)
Biology 193/194, Independent Research, is designed to provide students
with an intensive experience in laboratory or field research. It is
normally taken after a student has had some prior research experience
(e.g. Bio 93/94). The student is expected to devote at least 15 hours
per week to laboratory work, although often more time is necessary.
Participants should take an active role in the design and execution
of experiments and in the analysis and interpretation of data. They
should be capable of "independent research" in the sense that they
can conduct the experiments with little direct supervision. Students
are expected to become familiar with related research in the current
literature by regularly reading scientific journals.
At the end of the semester, the student is required to write a
detailed report (8 to 15 pages) following the style of a scientific
manuscript, and to give an oral presentation on the results to a
committee composed of four faculty members of the Biology Department
and the research mentor. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing , Bio 93 or 94
or equivalent and prior consent of research mentor and course coordinator.
Bio 193/194 Information and Registration forms can be obtained from the
Bio 199 (Senior Thesis Honors)
The honors thesis involves intensive laboratory or field research
and includes independent design and analysis of experiments and a
detailed understanding of the project background and current
literature. A written thesis and oral defense is presented in the
spring semester of the senior year. Application to do a senior
honors thesis is normally made during the student's sixth semester.
Applicants should have received at least three grades of A toward
satisfying the concentration requirements for the biology major and
should have a cumulative average of at least 3.30. Prerequisites:
Biology 193 or 194 or equivalent and prior consent of the course
Bio 199 Information and Registration forms can be obtained from
the Trunk website.
After reviewing the Blackboard course site information, students
can contact the course coordinator,
Dr. Susan Koegel with specific questions about Bio
ExCollege Class - Research for Success: Using the Library
for Thesis and Capstone Projects.
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