Research for Unit Credit (BISC-290/490)
Sophomores may register for BISC-290 (pre-requisites: BISC 120L/121L and 220L/221L; CHEM-105aLg and 105bL) and juniors and seniors may register for BISC-490 (pre-requisite: junior or senior standing departmental approval). Both 290 and 490 research projects require a minimum 3.0 GPA (science and cumulative).
Applications and a FAQ for BISC 290 and 490 research are available on the forms link. Both 290 and 490 require the support of a faculty sponsor and approval by the Chair of Biological Sciences. Honor Students in Biological Sciences also write a thesis (BISC 494).
BISC research applications must be submitted to Glen Smith in AHF 105A, by the end of the first week of classes in the semester in which you wish to enroll. Please make arrangements to meet with your sponsor well in advance, and allow two weeks for a decision from the department chair.
Students requesting 2 unit credits of 290 or 490 are expected to support their lab eight hours per week, while students requesting 4 unit credits of 290 or 490 are expected to support the lab sixteen hours per week.