Biology Department Integrative Exercise

The senior comprehensive project, or "Comps", is the capstone of every Carleton student's academic life. These pages contain the definitive set of requirements and instructions, and should be consulted as questions arise during the course of your comps work. If you have any questions, please contact Associate Professor Dan Hernandez, who will be working with seniors on the Biology comps requirement for the year.

There are three requirements that must be completed successfully to pass Biology comps:

1.  Submit a synopsis and bibliography that provides an answer to the question you've chosen from the list provided. This written assignment is due at the end of your first comps term. There are a number of deadlines on your path to submitting your paper. See Step-by-Step Instructions for more detailed information.

2.  Make an oral presentation of up to 25 minutes, based on your answer to the chosen question. The presentation is immediately followed by 30 minutes of questions from the two members of your faculty committee. This takes place in the first half of the second term of your comps.

3.  Fulfill the seminar requirement by attending 10 research-related talks. This requirement is generally fulfilled by attending the weekly Biology Department visiting speakers series held Monday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 PM. Majors should plan to start attending the visiting speakers seminars during the Spring Term of junior year (no matter which term you are writing your synopsis). You must sign an attendance sheet to receive seminar credit.