Independent Research Course Rules and Regulations
Contact Hours for 4-Credit Courses
4-credit courses require @10 contact hours per week during the semester. Contact hours involve actual lab time and academic work and activities completed outside of the lab, including but not limited to, literature reviews, lab meetings, presentations, and final reports.
Bioscience independent research courses (### 395/w) courses may be taken in smaller credit increments (3,2,1,.05). Instructors will need to adjust contact hours accordingly.
Students can only take one four-credit Independent Studies course per semester. Students may petition for an exception to exceed this maximum by filling out the “special petitions” portion of the CCAS Independent Study Form when registering the course.
“Students are allowed to take no more than eight credits of Independent Studies courses with the same instructor unless approved by the dean, which is normally granted for senior honors projects approved by the department chair.” Students may petition for an exception to exceed this maximum by filling out the “special petitions” portion of the CCAS Independent Study Form when registering the course.
Students cannot receive monetary compensation for research they are also earning academic credit for.
Satisfy an Upper-Level Writing Requirement
Students who are planning to use the 395 courses to satisfy an upper-level writing (ULW) requirement must register the course as a 395W. Be sure to note the ‘W’ on the Independent Study Form.
Final reports on 395W courses must undergo at least one re-write prior to final submission.
Independent research courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. A letter grade may be assigned to the course.
Students and their faculty are expected to come to an agreement on how the course will be evaluated before the course is taken and appropriately noted on the CCAS Independent Study Form under the section labeled “Criteria for Evaluation.”
Students will not be allowed to register for another 395 course until work from the previous semester is completed. Should a student not be able to complete the work for a 395 course before the end of a semester, an incomplete contract will need to be submitted to the UPBM Administrator.