BIOLOGY HONORS ADMISSION

Students may join Biology Honors either as incoming freshmen or as continuing students.  Students joining as freshmen will gain the greatest benefit from the Introductory Biology Honors classes offered by the program.  Continuing or transfer students must join the program prior to taking sophomore level classes (Biology 213 or 214).

Incoming Freshman

To be admitted to Biology Honors incoming freshmen should have an SAT score of 1350 or above or a composite score of 30 or above on the ACT (minimum 28 on both English and math sections).  Incoming freshmen should indicate their interest in Biology Honors on the ApplyTexas website by choosing “Apply to Any Honors Program”.  Students who have submitted their ApplyTexas application but still wish to apply to the Biology Honors program can use the “Apply to Any Honors Program” link at the Texas A&M Honors Programs Site.

There is no formal freshman application to Biology Honors.  Students join the Biology Honors program during their New Student Conference in the summer.  Students who have indicated an interest in Biology Honors through ApplyTexas or the Texas A&M Honors Programs Site and meet minimum requirements will be contacted in February and provided additional information on how to join during their New Student Conference.

Current or Transfer Students

Current or transfer students with a cumulative GPR of 3.5 or better can apply for admission to Biology Honors by submitting a request including a brief (less than 300 word) statement describing your interest and motivation for joining Biology Honors to Dr. Duncan MacKenzie, Director of Biology Honors.  Please email requests to biohonors@bio.tamu.edu. When applying, students should keep in mind that they will need to fulfill all Honors requirements, particularly Biology 213 or 214 Honors.  It is recommended that current or transfer students meet first with Dr. MacKenzie during his office hours (Fridays from 9:30-11:00 in 100B Butler Hall) to determine whether they can satisfy all requirements.

Participants in the University Honors Program

Biology students earning the University Honors distinction are encouraged to join the Biology Honors program.  The coursework required for Biology Honors can be used to satisfy course requirements for the Honors Fellows distinction, and the Biology Honors research requirement prepares University Honors students to participate in the Undergraduate Research Scholars honors capstone.

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