Honors in BIS

Honors in BIS is intended to provide well qualified students the academic opportunity to develop an honors-level proposal of original, empirical research involving data collection. Creative projects that include empirical research also are eligible.

Students create their the honors-level research proposal in BIS 391, The Research Process for Honors. Honors students implement this research via BIS 490, taken as an individualized section with their faculty mentor.

Students must apply for honors in BIS the semester before they intend to enroll in BIS 391 (The Research Process).  To graduate with honors, students must complete a sequence of two courses, BIS 391 and BIS 490 (individualized section) with at least a 3.5 GPA in those courses, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher, and present their research during the Senior Capstone Project presentations (BIS 491).

A student must have an approved proposal at the end of BIS 391 to be retained in the honors in BIS program.  Students may rewrite their BIS 391 proposal to meet the honors program expectations, but this revision must be submitted and approved by the first day of class of the semester in which the student plans to enroll in BIS 490.

Student interested in applying should visit the Forms page to find the required paperwork to apply to graduate with honors in the major.

A research methods course relevant to the student's BIS concentration is required.  A list of potential courses is below:

  • ADJ 300  Research Methods and Analysis
  • ANTH 410  Research Design and Methods in Bioanthropology
  • ANTH 430  Research Methods in Archaeology
  • ANTH 450  Qualitative Methods: Non-Statistical Approaches in Culture and Social Research
  • ARTH 400  Historiography and Methods of Research in Art History
  • AVT 459  About Photography: Practice and Research
  • COMM 400  Research Methods in Communication
  • CONF 301  Research and Inquiry in Conflict Resolution
  • ENGL 311  Writing Ethnography
  • ENGL 325  Dimensions of Writing and Literature
  • GEOG 300  Quantitative Methods for Geographical Analysis
  • GCH 460  Public Health Research and Methods
  • GOVT 300  Research Methods and Analysis
  • GOVT 400  Political Research and Data Analysis
  • HIST 300  Introduction to Historical Method
  • MKTG 351  Marketing Research Techniques and Applications
  • MATH 441  Operations Research I
  • MATH 442  Operations Research II
  • PRLS 450  Research Methods
  • PSYC  300 Statistics in Psychology
  • PSYC 301  Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC  323  Clinical and Social Psychology Research Techniques
  • SOCW 471  Research in Social Work
  • SOCI 303  Sociological Research Methodology
  • SOCI 312  Qualitative Research Methods
  • STAT 250  Introductory Statistics I
  • STAT 350  Introductory Statistics II
  • WMST 410  Feminist Approaches to Social Research