The Departmental Distinction Program.
A biochemistry major may graduate "with departmental distinction"
by successfully completing a special program of study that includes
independent reading and research and a senior thesis under the
direction of a member of the faculty. The student must submit
an application to the biochemistry adviser by the first semester
of the junior year. At this time the student must have completed
at least 22 hours toward the biochemistry degree, with a G.P.A.
of at least 3.5 in courses required for the major. Upon approval
of the respective departments, the student must enroll in the
following research courses: BIOL 4398, 4399 or CHEM 4177, 4299,
4397. Upon completion of these courses the student will write
a senior thesis and present it orally before a public audience
including a faculty committee composed of the student's research
adviser, the biochemistry adviser and at least one additional
faculty member. Upon successful completion of the senior thesis
and maintenance of a G.P.A. of at least 3.5 in courses required
for the major, the B.S. degree will be awarded "with departmental