A biochemistry major may graduate "with departmental distinction" by successfully completing a special program of study that includes independent reading and research and a senior thesis under the direction of a member of the faculty. The student must submit an application to the biochemistry adviser by the first semester of the junior year. At this time the student must have completed at least 22 hours toward the biochemistry degree, with a G.P.A. of at least 3.5 in courses required for the major. Upon approval of the respective departments, the student must enroll in the following research courses: BIOL 4398, 4399 or CHEM 4177, 4299, 4397. Upon completion of these courses the student will write a senior thesis and present it orally before a public audience including a faculty committee composed of the student's research adviser, the biochemistry adviser and at least one additional faculty member. Upon successful completion of the senior thesis and maintenance of a G.P.A. of at least 3.5 in courses required for the major, the B.S. degree will be awarded "with departmental distinction".