Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Natural Sciences

Honors Program

The objectives of the Natural Sciences Honors Program are (1) to set high academic standards to which all students can aspire, (2) to encourage students to pursue scholarly research, and (3) to provide recognition of outstanding students.

Requirements: To graduate with Honors in this program, a student must

  1. Achieve a 3.4 GPA for courses required in the major and achieve an overall 3.0 GPA.
  2. Pursue a research project involving original laboratory or field work or an original analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of primary source material.
  3. Identify the research project during the junior year by preparing a well-documented proposal which must be submitted to the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) or other source for funding.
  4. Present the completed project, including a formal written research report in a form suitable for publication, to the Natural Sciences Research Communication class and earn a course grade of A- (90%) or better.
  5. Present and defend the research report in a professional forum in addition to the Natural Sciences Seminar (e.g., the NCAS Conference).
  6. Receive final acceptance for Graduation with Honors, which is contingent on an approval vote from the faculty of the student's major.

Requirements: To graduate with Honors in the Environmental Education program, a student must

  1. Achieve a 3.4 GPA for courses required in the major and achieve an overall 3.0 GPA.
  2. Complete a thesis that will provide a comprehensive integration and connection among the elective courses and other experiences the student selected for the Program Proposal. The topic or theme should serve as a culmination of the integrated understanding that the student has achieved. Students must submit a thesis proposal to their faculty advisors two weeks before spring registration for the fall semester of their senior year.
  3. Present the completed thesis to the Environmental Education Internship Seminar and earn a grade of A- (90%) or better.
  4. Submit a copy of the thesis to the Library for review by any interested party.
  5. Receive final acceptance for Graduation with Honors, which is contingent on an approval vote from the ENS faculty.

Informal Studies

It is possible to study a Natural Sciences topic of special interest to the student and a selected faculty member that is not offered as a regular course. The informal study may involve independent laboratory research or directed reading or both. The student may present results of the informal study in SCI 493 Natural Sciences Seminar Presentation.

Prerequisite: Since informal studies are designed and carried out with the aid of a faculty member, the student must consult with the appropriate faculty before the start of the term and draw up a written contract to be filed with the Registrar's office. Each informal study should involve 40 hours of effort per credit hour.