Concentration in the Integrative Biology Major
Please find the IB Honors Student Learning Outcomes below
Highlights of IB Honors:
|Small classes with outstanding faculty|
|Cohesive group of students in a focused curriculum|
|Open-ended investigation in the lab and field|
|An honors program, not just an honors section|
Integrative Biology Honors Information Session
5 PM Tuesday Feb 12th 2019
4014 Natural History Building
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Integrative Biology Honors is a complete curriculum designed for superior students wishing to pursue an intensive program in integrative biology and, concurrently, to gain a strong background in the physical sciences and mathematics.
With enrollment limited to 25-30 students per year and all classes and labs taught by outstanding professors, students are virtually assured the daily interactions with faculty that are critical to developing scientific techniques, critical thinking, and communication skills. Each year, participation in open-ended laboratory and field courses fosters cohesiveness among all the students in the program, creating a mutual support system unique among biology majors.
Three, semester-long core honors courses have one over-arching theme, the integration of biology at multiple levels of organization, from cells and molecules, to organisms, to ecosystems. Supplemented with a strong background in chemistry, the physical sciences, mathematics and statistics, and Independent Study research experiences, IB Honors students are among the best prepared students at the University, whether their career goals be graduate and professional schools (Medical, Veterinary, Dental or others), as well as biology careers in the private and public sectors.
Admission to the Concentration:
A minimum overall 3.0 GPA is required to apply for admission. Application and interview of individual applicants occurs in the Spring semester of the freshman year. Admitted students will be notified in advance of pre-registration for the Fall semester. Applicants who become successful in the Integrative Honors Concentration show strong interest in biology and evidence of success in math and science courses. General chemistry courses should be completed before beginning IB Honor courses
For Additional Information:
Requirements for the Degree in Honors Integrative Biology:
Note: The following information applies to incoming students from Fall 2016 and on.
For IBH students admitted prior to Fall 2016 please refer to pdf
*Effective beginning in Fall semester 2016.
Requirements for IBH class of 2017 and 2018 are separately listed
Minimum required courses normally equate to 80-91 hours. Students earning the Integrative Biology Honors Concentration will also earn the CHEM minor
1 Continuation in the Integrative Biology Honors Concentration requires a grade of B or better in each of IB 270, IB 271, and IB 372 and a 3.0 overall cumulative GPA.
2 If IB 494 is taken instead of Math 231, it will not count towards the requirement of 10 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the biological sciences.
3 Introductory chemistry should be completed prior to enrolling in IB 270.
4 Recommended courses are: CHEM 312, CHEM 332, CHEM 360, CHEM 437, CHEM 440. Students should discuss alternate choices with the IB advising office. To earn the Chemistry minor students must choose 3 or 4 hour Chemistry courses, excluding research or independent study.
5 Recommended courses are: ATMS421, ANSC448, MCB432 or IBH Director approved.
6 NRES 421 is recommended. Other suitable courses are CPSC 440 or STAT 400
7 Independent study equivalent to IB490 in non-IB programs must first be approved by Director of IBH Concentration.
Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.
General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
No more than 8 hours of credit in 100-level courses in IB or MCB may be counted toward graduation.
Substitutions or other changes in the requirements below may be made only by petition to and approval of the Director of the Integrative Biology Honors Concentration.
Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours
Students must consult with their Integrative Biology honors adviser at least once each semester.
IB Honors Student Learning Outcomes
The IB Honors program identifies 12 learning outcomes that represent what students should know or be able to do as a result of graduation from the program. Through the successful completion of the introductory biology sequence and three semester-long core honors courses, supplemented with courses in chemistry, the physical sciences, mathematics and statistics, and selected advanced lab and lecture courses, and participation in independent study research experiences, the School of Integrative Biology ensures IB Honors students that they will meet the following student learning outcomes:
- Possess a significant knowledge base in Integrative Biology and Chemical Sciences, including but not limited to:
- Molecular genetics and biology
- Diversity and structures and physiological functions of plants and animals
- Ecology and evolution
- Biochemical and chemical bases of life and/or systems
- Statistical inference and modeling of systems
- Understand that biology is integrative and multidisciplinary
- Show curiosity and caring about biology, and an awareness of and appreciation for the diversity of life
- Understand how paradigms of biology relate to contemporary society and policy and their own lives
- Carry out the process of scientific inquiry
- Use critical thinking skills and solve problems
- Use quantitative reasoning and computation skills
- Apply simple models (equations/math) to biological phenomena
- Gain proficiency in scientific writing and speaking
- Read and synthesize primary scientific literature
- Critically evaluate science-related news and information
- Work collaboratively