BIOS 399: Independent Research

BIOS 399

Find out how to be a part of BIOS 399!

BIOS 399 is a great idea for any student who intends to pursue a research field or attend a graduate or professional school! This course gives students the chance to complete supervised research and obtain 2 hours of credit.

Students must choose a researcher to act as their supervisor. The work may be completed with one of our Biological Sciences faculty members or with a faculty member from another department. You select the faculty member you want to work with. You may find a suitable match by visiting our Research page, or by using the Undergraduate Research Experience website. It is your responsibility to find a research supervisor. The department will not place students into labs.

To obtain credit, students must meet the following three expectations:

  1. Student must work at least 10 hours per week in the laboratory (20 hours per week during the summer semester).
  2. Student must attend 3 mandatory workshops throughout the semester.
  3. Students must submit a research paper at the end of the semester that is in the style of a published article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

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

Credit will not be given for previously conducted research. The research must be done concurrent to enrollment in BIOS 399 for students to earn credit.

Minimum of 2.00/4.00 grade point average (GPA) in Biological Sciences courses and consent of the instructor and department.



Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades only. BIOS 399 will not affect your GPA.


Signing Up

First Time BIOS 399: Complete an Application for Independent Research.

Application for Fall Semester 2019 must be submitted to 3272 SES by 12PM on Friday, September 6th, 2019. After the deadline, students will need to complete the application, obtain a late add letter from the instructor, and bring completed forms to BIOS advisor.

Deferring BIOS 399 Credit: If you have not completed your research in the designated semester, but will be able to finish within the next semester, you must complete a Deferral Form and Deferral Notice. This must be submitted to the BIOS 399 coordinator at 3272 SES no later than 4PM on the Friday of the last week of instruction (December 6).

Submitting Your Paper: Please follow the instructions in the BIOS 399 Student Handbook 2018-2019 for writing your research paper. You must attach a BIOS 399 Cover Sheet to your final paper. All final papers must be submitted to the BIOS 399 coordinator at 3272 SES no later than 4 PM on the Friday of finals week (December 13).


BIOS 399 Workshop Series

All students registered for BIOS 399 must attend three mandatory workshops. These workshops are designed to improve the student’s research experience by providing guidance and support throughout the semester. All workshops must be attended to receive a Satisfactory grade in BIOS 399. Students will be notified of workshop offerings by the department.

BIOS 399 Student Handbook 2018-2019