The BA Degree

The requirement can be met in either of two ways: by submitting a senior essay of 15-20 pages evaluating current research in a field of biology; or by successful completion of one credit of Senior Independent Research (MCDB 475a or b).

A senior choosing to fulfill the requirement with a senior essay must consult with a faculty advisor on the scope and literature of the topic and submit their written approval to the office of the director of undergraduate studies at least one month before the paper is due in the student’s last term. The senior essay may be related to the subject matter of a course, but the essay is a separate departmental requirement in addition to any work done in a course. It does not count toward the grade in any course. The senior essay must be completed and submitted via email to crystal.adamchek@yale.edu at the office of the director of undergraduate studies by the last day of classes. Students electing this option should obtain an approval form from the office of the director of undergraduate studies.