Dear Honors College students,


Below you will find information on how to coordinate your capstone project with your major requirements. We have made every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date. However, you should always discuss your course choices and schedule with your major advisor to verify that you are on track to complete all of your major requirements on schedule.


Major name:



DUGS Name & Contact Information:

Professor Dave Featherstone


Professor Dave Wirtshafter


Major Advisor Name & Contact Information:

Vanessa Ricker

Undergraduate Academic Advisor


Tricia Stark

Undergraduate Academic Advisor


Students working on their Honors Capstone project can enroll in the following course(s):

Course number

Course Name

Number of Hours

Required for major

Elective in major

Required to earn Departmental Honors

When to enroll

BIOS 399*

Independent Research





Both semesters of capstone

PSCH 399*

Independent Research





Both semesters of capstone

* Completion of one of these courses (not both) required for departmental honors.


Requirements for Departmental/College/Major honors:

Distinction in Neuroscience:  Awarded at the time of graduation to those students who demonstrate exceptional performance. Distinction in Neuroscience is awarded to students with a minimum of 3.70 cumulative grade point average in the curriculum and to students who achieve a minimum 3.40 grade point average and successfully complete an independent research project in BIOS 399 or PSCH 399.


Highest Distinction in Neuroscience:  Awarded to students who have a minimum 3.70 grade point average in the neuroscience curriculum and successfully complete a BIOS 399 or PSCH 399 (research) level course in their area of concentration.


Further information about requirements and the registration process for BIOS 399 is available at


Further information about requirements and the registration process for PSCH 399 is available at .