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BIOCHM-BS - Biochemistry


Official Name of Program


Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BS - Bachelor of Science



NYSED Program Code

34899 - BIOCHM-BS

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A student is eligible for admission to the honors program in Biochemistry if he or she enters the senior year with a grade point average of 3.5 of higher.  To receive Honors in Biochemistry, a student is required to pass at least eight credits of Independent Study, with a grade of A- or higher, completed during their last three semesters prior to graduation.  The topic of the Independent Study must be directed towards their Honors Thesis topic.  The student must also satisfy the following requirements detailed in the schedule below:

  • Sept 15th of their penultimate semester: Students submits a one-page summary of their proposed research project to the Chemistry Department Chairperson who will appoint a three-member Honors Committee to evaluate the proposal.  

  • October 15th of their penultimate semester:  The Honors Committee will grant or deny the students’ proposed research project.

  • November 1st of the penultimate semester: The student will meet with the Honors Committee to present their research proposal.  Suggestions from the committee will be used to help guide the research.

  • January 15th before their final semester:  The student will submit a five-page progress report to the Honors Committee.

  • February 1st of their final semester:  The Honors Committee will approve or deny continuation of the student’s honors project.

  • May 1st of their final semester: The student will submit an honors thesis to his/her Honors Committee that is written in the style of a major journal article.

  • May 10th, prior to end of final exam period of their final semester:  the student will present an oral defense of the thesis to the Honors Committee.  

Based on the written honors thesis and oral defense, the Honors Committee will approve or deny the Honors in Chemistry or Honors in Biochemistry designation.  The deadlines dates noted above are based on a June graduation date, but corresponding guidelines may be designated for January graduation and approved by their faculty supervisor and the Chemistry department chairperson.