Baccalaureate Honors Program (BHP)
Students are invited to the Rider University Baccalaureate Honors Program (BHP) as entering freshmen, or may apply as freshmen or sophomores. Invited students are generally among the 10% of the entering class; students currently enrolled at Rider must have at least a 3.3 GPA at the time of application to the program. In order to graduate as a Baccalaureate Scholar, a student must earn an overall GPA of at least 3.3 as well as a 3.3 GPA in the eight required honors courses, including the Senior Capstone. The Department strongly encourages eligible students to participate in this program. For more information regarding the BHP, please visit the BHP website or contact Dr. Bryan Spiegelberg ([email protected]), the Director of Baccalaureate Honors.
Honors in Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience or Health Sciences
Qualified Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience or Health Sciences majors may participate in the Departmental Honors program. For consideration, a student must have at least a 3.25 overall grade point average at the end of their junior year. In the senior year, a student seeking Honors must write and orally defend a written Honors Thesis based upon their independent research. A candidate who has a 3.25 cumulative average, a 3.5 average in their science courses, and who has completed an acceptable Honors Thesis, will be awarded Honors in Biology upon graduation. Please contact Dr. Jonathan Karp ([email protected]) for information on Departmental Honors.
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
"Tri-Beta" is a national honor society affiliated with the American Association for Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Invitations for membership are extended to majors in the life sciences who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. Students are usually invited to join in their sophomore year when they have accumulated 12 credits in the sciences. Active membership is available to those with an overall grade point average of at least 2.8, and at least 3.0 in their science courses. The benefits of membership include academic recognition; a subscription to the journal Bios, to which members may submit research articles; opportunities to present papers at conventions; and research awards. Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience majors should make membership in Tri-Beta one of their goals. Please contact Dr. Jonathan Yavelow ([email protected]), Tri-Beta advisor, for information regarding the Rider University chapter of Tri-Beta.