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BIOS 391: Independent Study

This course gives you the chance to pursue an Independent Study Project and obtain 1 hour of credit towards your major.

You will work under the supervision of a Biological Sciences Professor who you have selected. Please visit our Research page to review the research interests of our faculty to find your best match. What you do for a BIOS 391 project and how you are assessed for the course varies by project and professor.

No more than 5 hours of credit from BIOS 391 and BIOS 399 courses can be used as credit towards the Biological Sciences major.


Minimum of 2.00/4.00 grade point average in Biological Sciences courses and consent of the instructor

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade only


Print and complete an Application for Independent Study , then deliver it to 3272 SES or to a Biological Sciences advisor, preferably before the start of the semester for which you would like to register.

New BIOS 391 students, please see the BIOS 391 COVID-19 Updates tab for important updates.


BIOS 391:

-Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes that have been implemented for the Spring 2020 term, BIOS 391 applications for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters must be submitted via email to Please read the following submission instructions carefully.

-Please ensure that your application is 100% complete and contains an electronic signature from your PI/Supervisor as well as the appropriate CRN.

-Applications for the Summer 2020 semester are due no later than Friday, June 19th at 12pm. Applications for the Fall 2020 semester are due no later than Friday, September 4th at 12pm.

-Any questions about this updated application process should be directed to