Graduate students may write a thesis to complete their
The thesis must show originality, appropriate organization,
clarity of purpose, critical analysis, and accuracy and
completeness of documentation where needed. Critical and
independent thinking is required. It must meet standards for
publication in the scholarly journals of that discipline.
Students must enroll in four units of thesis (299). The thesis
should be written in discussion with the student's thesis
committee, particularly the thesis committee chair.
If students are completing their thesis with an outside
agency or industry, students must adhere to all confidentiality
agreements in place when writing their project report.
If thesis work is not completed the semester for which the
student has enrolled in 299, a grade of RP is entered. If the
grade is not replaced within two years, the department may
require the student to re-enroll in 299.
Students must maintain continual enrollment at the University
while: 1) completing a grade of RP in thesis (299), or a grade of
I in any other course, OR 2) during the semester in which an
application for the degree is to be granted. Students may apply
for an official leave of absence with the Graduate Division to be
exempted from this rule.
Due dates for the thesis are determined by the Graduate
Division and are listed in the University Calendar. The date is
early in the semester. It is possible to make a few changes in
the thesis after submission to the Graduate Division. No changes
may be made after the last day of instruction for that semester
or after the date assigned by the Graduate Division thesis
consultant. The thesis committee, before submission to the
graduate program, must approve the thesis.
Students must submit their thesis at least two weeks before
the university due date to their thesis committee members. Some
committee members may require more than two weeks to read the
thesis and if they request more time the student must distribute
the thesis to that committee member earlier. Students should
expect substantial rewriting of their thesis in response to
committee member comments and suggestions. Students expecting to
graduate in the summer semester should check with their committee
about their schedule.
The thesis must conform to the Graduate Division criteria on
matters of format, documentation, and quality of writing. This
information must be obtained from the Graduate Division.
Final publication of the thesis requires the student turn in
one original and two photocopies signed by the thesis committee,
ready for binding and microfilming, to the Graduate Division. A
receipt for binding and a microfilming fee should accompany the
thesis copies. This must be completed by the last day assigned by
the thesis consultant.
Students must also defend their research in an oral
presentation. This is a formal presentation of research results.
This must be completed seven days prior to the last day of
instruction for the semester the student wishes to graduate.
The date, time and place of the defense must be arranged in
consultation with the thesis committee members and in
coordination with the Biology Department staff. Only certain days
and times may be available. Students must also arrange for the
appropriate equipment for their presentation (projector,
Students must produce and post notices for the thesis
defense. Colloquium notices must be posted at least seven days
before the colloquium around the Science building and other