Senior Thesis Policies
Catalog Description: " Prerequisite: ENG 2010 or ENG 2020 , Junior or Senior Standing,
and instructor permission.. For students who are nearing completion of a baccalaureate
degree in Biology. Provides the opportunity to pursue original research in the laboratory
or in the field, or to do a comprehensive library research paper on a chosen topic
under the supervision of an appointed faculty member in the Department of Biology.
Provides experience gathering laboratory/field data or library data and writing a
technically accurate report on one's findings. Includes the opportunity to present
research results to students, faculty and the community at a Department of Biology
seminar. May be repeated once for up to a total of two credits toward graduation."
Successful completion of Senior Thesis (Biol 499R) is recommended for all UVU biology
baccalaureate students. The research is performed under the supervision of a Department
of Biology contract faculty committee consisting of a supervising faculty member and
two additional faculty members. The written thesis is approved by this committee.
Selection of a research project
The project should be of interest to the student, either from a personal interest
or related to the student's career goals. Discussions with faculty members and/or
literature readings may assist in topic selection.
Faculty supervisor and committee
Select a Biology Department contract faculty member who has expertise in the subject
of the proposed research project. Select an additional two contract faculty members
to serve, along with the supervising faculty member, as an advisory and approval committee.
Provide a written proposal that outlines the research project, including a clear statement
of the problem to be addressed and a description of any laboratory or field activities.
The supervising faculty member will provide guidelines for the proposal.
The student must discuss the project with the faculty supervisor and committee and
obtain their approval prior to beginning the project.
Academic credits may be earned during both the research and writing phases of the
thesis project. During the research phase, students may enroll for 1 to 4 credits
of Student Research (BIOL 495R, to be renumber as 489R in 2009). These students and
those performing a solely literature-based thesis study may enroll for 1 to 2 credits
of Senior Thesis (Biol 499R) per semester and may repeat once in a subsequent semester
for a maximum of 2 credits toward graduation. Credits beyond 2 will not count towards
graduation. The anticipated scope of the project should determine the number of credits.
The student should plan on dedicating approximately 3 hours of activity per week per
General objectives and requirements:
- The scientific method will be used when designing and conducting the research.
- Information from primary scientific literature (peer reviewed journals and reference
books) will be accurately and efficiently obtained and critically reviewed.
- A technically accurate and succinct scientific paper delineating the results of research
will be written. The format and style of a major journal (e.g., SCIENCE, American
Journal of Botany, Journal of Mammalogy) or format guidelines of the Council of Biology
Editors will be used.
- Two typed, original unbound copies of the thesis on acid-free bond paper, including
approval signatures of the committee on Departmental thesis cover page, must be deposited
with the Biology Department. One copy will be retained in the Department and one will
be deposited in the UVU Library.
- The length of the written thesis is dependent on the number of credits, type of data
obtained, and guidelines provided by the supervising professor and committee.
- The research results should be presented in a seminar in a clear, accurate and pleasing
manner for an audience of scientists and peers.
- Additional and more specific requirements may be made by the faculty supervisor and
Approved by UVU Biology Faculty, 02 February 2001; updated 2006 and 2008.