B.S. in the Biological Sciences

B.S. Description

Students can earn a B.S. in Biological Sciences by (1) completing three upper-level BIOS courses beyond those required for the B.A. degree, and (2) writing a BS thesis (research paper or literature review) under the supervision of a faculty adviser. The additional upper-level courses must be chosen in consultation with the thesis adviser and a BSCD Senior Adviser.  The B.A. is designed for students who wish to gain extensive training in modern biology but also retain the flexibility to take elective courses outside the major.  The B.S. is suitable for students who wish to take more courses within the major and to write a senior thesis.  Students completing the honors program or a specialization that requires a senior thesis can submit the same thesis for the B.S. degree. If you have any questions, please contact BSCD Senior Adviser Chris Andrews (candrews@uchicago.edu) or Megan McNulty (mmcnulty@uchicago.edu).

B.S. Timeline

2nd year

Plan your coursework in the BIOS major to include three extra upper-level courses beyond those required for the B.A. in Biological Sciences.  If you are taking the Track A fundamentals sequence, one of these courses must be an upper-level BIOS courses that is quantitative in emphasis (check with a BSCD Senior Adviser for advice on choosing a quantitative BIOS course).  Start thinking about thesis topics and faculty with whom you would like to work.

3rd year

Autumn Quarter: Find a B.S. thesis adviser (a BSD faculty member) to oversee your research and the preparation of your thesis (see adviser responsibilities on the faculty consent form).

Winter Quarter: prepare your thesis proposal in consultation with your B.S. adviser.

Week 5 of Spring Quarter: Submit B.S. thesis proposal (if you are also applying to the BSCD honors program, you can submit a copy of this proposal) and faculty consent form (available here) to Chris Andrews (candrews@uchicago.edu, BSLC 306).

Week 8 of Spring Quarter: Make sure your coursework is on track to meet B.S. requirements.

4th year

Week 8 of Winter Quarter: Submit to Chris Andrews (candrews@uchicago.edu) the names of two faculty readers (not including your thesis adviser) for B.S. thesis.  If you are completing the honors program or have to designate readers for a specialization that requires a senior thesis, you do not need to find additional readers for the B.S.

Make sure your coursework is on track to meet B.S. requirements.

Week 5 of Spring Quarter: Submit draft of thesis endorsed by research adviser to be reviewed by your two faculty readers (please send each reviewer a copy of the B.S. thesis review form unless you have a designated form for a specialization or the honors program).  If your specialization or the honors program sets a different deadline for submission of a draft, please follow that timeline instead.                

Week 8 of Spring Quarter: Submit to Chris Andrews (candrews@uchicago.edu) final version of thesis signed by research adviser to BSCD and readers for final approval.