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Research Minors

Students who participate in research as an undergrad have a higher level of success in graduate school and in their careers. For both undergraduate and graduate students, you'll participate in education that combines rigorous class work with the spirit of exploration. With many of options for research minors and concentrations to help you find your niche, you'll be able to create an academic path that fits your interests and advances your goals.


Research Minor - Biology

Students who have completed Biology 150, 151, 151L, 153, 153L (Principles of Biology, General Biology I and II with laboratories), MATH 102/102L (College Algebra and Lab), and one year of chemistry with an average grade point of 3.0 in these classes and who have permission from their faculty mentor will be admitted into the research minor.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Statistics - 6 Semester Hours
Any two course for which the student has the prerequisites.

  • MATH 281 - Introduction to Statistics

or MATH 381

  • MATH 483 - Reggression and Analysis
  • MATH 484 - Applies Multivariate Analysis

or BIOL 328

  • MATH 487 - Design of Experiments

Supportive Electives - 6 Semester Hours
Courses not required in the major, but courses selected by the committee.

Research Minor - Chemistry

Students who have completed Chemistry 112/112L, 114/114L, Math 102/102L, and at least one semester of General Biology, University Physics, Physical Geology, or Math 123 with a grade point of 3.0 are eligible for admittance to the Research Minor in Chemistry. After obtaining the above credentials, the student may select a faculty mentor under whose guidance a suitable project can be implemented.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Statistics - 6 Semester Hours
Six hours to be selected from any two of the following courses:

  • MATH 281 - Introduction to Statistics

or MATH 381

  • MATH 483 - Reggression and Analysis
  • MATH 484 - Applies Multivariate Analysis
  • MATH 487 - Design of Experiments

Supportive Electives - 6 Semester Hours
Courses not required in the major, but courses selected by the committee.

Research Minor - Environmental Physical Science

Students who have completed GEOL 201/L, GEOL 203/L, CHEM 112/L, CHEM 114/L or PHYS 211/L, PHYS 213/L, MATH 102, MATH 123/L And one of the following courses: GEOL 340, GEOL 350, GEOL 360, GEOL 370 with a grade point of 3.0 and have permission from their faculty, may be admitted into the research minor. Students meeting the 3.0 grade point standard for the entry-level courses may then enter the minor with permission from their faculty mentor.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • GEOL 201 - Physical Geology
  • GEOL 201L - Physical Geology Laboratory
  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Restricted Electives - Statistics

  • MATH 315 - Linear Algebra
  • MATH 321 - Differential Equations

Supportive Electives - 6 Semester Hours
Electives include any upper-division course in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, or Biology approved by the faculty mentor.
Students must also present their research in a public forum. This could include presentation of a seminar, oral or poster presentation at a research meeting, publication of research, or any other forum approved by the student’s research committee.

Research Minor - History

This minor will be offered primarily to History majors. Student who have completed 15 hours of their required major with a an average grade point of 3.0 in their history classes, and who have permission from their faculty mentor, will be admitted into the research minor.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Restricted Electives - Foreign Language

  • SPAN 101 - Introductory Spanish I
  • SPAN 102 - Introductory Spanish II

Supportive Electives - 6 Semester Hours
The committee and student will choose two courses from the following:

  • LIBM 404 - Reference Resources
  • MCOM 430 - Media Law
  • MATH 281 - Introduction to Statistics
  • SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 301 - Spanish Converstaion & Composition I
  • SPAN 302 - Spanish Conversation & Composition II
  • SPAN 490 - Seminar
  • SPAN 491 - Independent Study

Research Minor - Mathematics

Students who have completed at least 17 semester hours of the Required Core for the Mathematics Major with an average grade point of 3.0 and who have permission from their faculty mentor will be admitted into the Research minor. A student who does not pursue a Mathematics major but wishes to obtain a minor in research with a mathematics emphasis must complete the Required Core of the Mathematics major.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MATH 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship

No more than three semester hours per semester. Work will be entirely with the faculty mentor.

Take one of the following courses:

  • ENGL 379 - Technical Communication
  • MCOM 452 - Mass Media Issues

Supportive Electives - 6 Semester Hours
Courses must have the approval of the student’s research committee and the School Chair or College Dean.

MATH 300/400 content course(s) in additional to any course(s) used for Math or Math-Teaching major.

  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 112L - General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 114 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 114L - General Chemistry II Lab
  • PHYS 211 - University Physics I
  • PHYS 211L- University Physics I Lab
  • PHYS 213 - University Physics II
  • PHYS 213L - University Physics II Lab
  • GEOL 201 - Physical Geology
  • GEOL 201L - Physical Geology Lab
  • GEOL 203 - Historical Geology
  • GEOL 203L - Historical Geology LAb
  • GEOL 370 - Hydrogeology
  • CSC 150 - Computer Science
  • CSC 250 - Computer Science II
  • ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 302 - Intermediate Macroeconomics

Research Minor - Physics

Students who have completed University Physics 211, 211L, 213, 213L, and Calculus 123, 123L, 125 125L with an average grade point of 3.0 in these classes and who have permission from their faculty mentor will be admitted into the research minor.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Restricted Electives - 12 semester hours
Twelve semester hours of electives not from the major, but supportive courses selected by the committee. Since there is no Physics major in the curriculum, it is anticipated students majoring in mathematics, chemistry, environmental physical science, or biology may select this minor.

Research Minor - Psychology

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Restricted Electives

  • MATH 487 - Design of Experiments
  • SS 350 - Introduction to Research Methods

Supportive Electives - 6 Semester Hours
Courses not required in the Psychology major & approved by the committee.

Research Minor - Sociology

Students who have completed Sociology 100 and 150 (Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems), Math 102 (College Algebra) with an average grade point of 3.0 in these classes and who have permission from their faculty mentor will be admitted into the research minor.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Restricted Electives - Statistics

  • Statistics - 6 semester hours

Supportive Electives - 6 Semester Hours
Six semester hours of supportive courses not in the major, but courses selected by the committee. These courses are already in place.

Research Minor - Sports Science

Students who have completed Math 102, BIOL 103, 104, CHEM 106,107, and PE 250, 251; and completed one class from the following list: BIOL 101, 102, or CHEM 107, 109, or PHYS 111, 112, or PSYC 233 with an average grade point of 3.0; and who have permission from the faculty mentor will be admitted into the research minor.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Restricted Electives - 12 semester hours

Take one empasis:

Exercise Physiology Emphasis
Courses not required for the major, but supportive courses selected by the committee (9).

Sport Pyschology Emphasis
Courses not required for the major, but supportive courses selected by the committee (10).

  • PE 453 - Sport Psychology

Biomechanics Emphasis
Courses not required for the major, but supportive courses selected by the committee.

Research Minor - Statistics

Students who have completed MATH 225 and MATH 481 with an average grade point of 3.0 in these classes and who have permission from their faculty mentor will be admitted into the Research Minor.

Note - Research

The student will pick a faculty mentor based on research interests, and the mentor and student together will choose two other faculty to serve on the student’s committee. An oral presentation of the research results is required. The faculty mentor will determine the appropriate seminar, colloquium, symposium, or conference for the student’s oral presentation.

Program Requirements

  • MCOM 488 - Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Restricted Electives - Statistics

  • MATH 483 - Regression and Analysis
  • MATH 484 - Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • MATH 487 - Design of Experiments

Supportive Electives - 6 Semester Hours
6 semester hours selected by the committee.