University Honors Program
Sensenbrenner Hall 002
P.O. Box 1881
1103 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Dr. Amelia Zurcher
Director, University Honors Program
The Disciplinary Honors Program in Biological Sciences focuses on experiential learning, in the form of either laboratory research or internship, and on science communication. The program is open to students in all of the majors offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. Students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology may choose to follow either the Biological Sciences or Chemistry Disciplinary Honors Program in consultation with their advisors.
The following prerequisite courses are recommended:
Students must complete one of the following:
With the approval of the BSCI Disciplinary Honors Director, students may also take one or more of the following courses for additional research experience:
Students must also complete one of the following (similar seminar courses in MSCS, Physics, or other Arts and Sciences departments may be substituted with prior approval by the BSCI Disciplinary Honors Director):
All Biological Sciences Disciplinary Honors students must give a public presentation (talk or poster) describing the results of their research or internship. The Director will inform students of presentation opportunities and determine which presentations fulfill the requirements of the program. Students are also strongly encouraged to present their work at the annual University Honors Program Research Symposium. Students must have at least a 3.2 cumulative major GPA to graduate with Disciplinary Honors in Biological Sciences.
All applicants must have a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.2, and should have identified a faculty mentor or faculty internship sponsor by the time of application. Students are encouraged to apply in the spring of sophomore year, but applications will also be accepted by students in the fall of junior year. Applications should be made to the Biological Sciences Disciplinary Honors Director, Dr. Krassimira Hristova, who is also happy to consult and answer questions about the program. The application consists of a written proposal identifying the Honors courses in which the student is planning to enroll and explaining how these courses will benefit the student’s anticipated career.