The Department of Biological Sciences attracts many highly qualified students to its programs who express interest in participating in the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Program. A student who qualifies for admission to the Honors Program should seek counseling from the Honors Program office as soon as possible in order to best utilize the benefits associated with this academic opportunity. Due to the many requirements of departmental programs, careful planning is necessary, especially if a student plans to attain more than one undergraduate degree, take upper division biology elective courses beyond the minimal number of credits for the major, or take advantage of numerous study abroad programs. Consult academic advisers from the Department of Biological Sciences to discuss how to incorporate the Honors Program into the degree programs offered by the Department. Even if a qualified student does not want to participate fully in the Honors Program, the student is encouraged to enroll in specific honors courses that satisfy University general education requirements, thereby taking advantage of smaller class size and a highly challenging and rewarding classroom environment.
The Honors Program staff also assists students in the application process to seek highly competitive national and international scholarships such as the Oxford, Woodrow Wilson, Goldwater, Marshall, and Fulbright awards. Students who maintain a high gradepoint average should work with the Honors Program office to become aware of the different scholarships available, their requirements, and application deadlines. Students must keep in mind that certain academic honors, such as election to Phi Beta Kappa, depend in part on the selection of certain courses. Consult academic advisers from the Department of Biological Sciences.