Introduction to honors in BMB.
Schreyer Honors College students are eligible to obtain their honors degree from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Department. The BMB department has a very robust honors program with approximately 75 members. For the scholastically inclined who are interested in laboratory research, the BMB honors program has much to offer.
Honors sections are available for the introductory Microbiology and Cell Biology courses and for the more advanced General Biochemistry courses. In addition, students can choose to do honors options (at the approval of the instructor) to enhance non-honors courses. Students interested in understanding biological processes at a molecular level will have the opportunity to do independent research in any laboratory on the University Park campus as long as the project uses molecular approaches to investigate biological mechanisms. Hence, research with faculty in BMB, Biology, Chemistry and other programs are suitable for obtaining an honors degree from BMB.
The Honors Thesis is an important aspect of your Honors work in BMB. Normally, this will involve presenting original research results that you have performed over the previous semesters. Guidelines are outlined below.
- New Student Orientation Guide for Scholar Students
- Honors Thesis Policy
- Honors Thesis Form
- Guidelines for Writing a Thesis
- BMB Thesis Draft Submission Portals
- Sample Thesis Title Page
- Schreyer Thesis Submission Guide
- Browse all past Schreyer Honors College theses by author or by key word
Entrance into the BMB honors program
To be eligible for an honors degree from BMB, students must first apply to the Schreyer Honors College. Students can apply for acceptance into the Schreyer Honors College at the time of their application to Penn State when their acceptance will be judged by the Schreyer Honors College. Alternatively, students already at Penn State with at least a 3.7 GPA can apply to the Schreyer Honors College at the end of their first or second year. Those Penn State students wanting to obtain an honors degree from BMB and meeting the eligibility requirements of the Schreyer Honors College, are then evaluated by honors advisors in BMB. Judgement is based on the student’s performance in Math and Chemistry courses as well the introductory Microbiology (Micrb 201) and Cell Biology (BMB/Micrb 251) courses. Since most students do not take the introductory Microbiology and Cell Biology courses until their second year, those students planning to obtain honors from BMB usually apply at the end of their second year if not already accepted to the honors college at the time of first enrolling into Penn State. Preference will be given to applicants having a letter of support/intent from faculty advisors in pre-identified host labs within the BMB Department or from other research labs located at University Park with prior approval.
Honors Independent Research – BMB 496 Honors Option (BMB 496H)
Spring 2024 Deadlines
Schreyer Honors College
The Schreyer Honors College (Penn State's Honors College) website has information on honors courses, news and events, list of honor's courses and advisers, scholarships, your Honors Thesis and many more topics.