The project, which may take many forms, draws on and extends knowledge, skills of analysis and creative achievement developed through previous academic work. In consultation with a faculty mentor, the student initiates the project, identifies an area to be explored, and proposes a method of inquiry appropriate to the topic. Although the project may be within this discipline, across disciplines, or in established cross-disciplinary studies programs, students will be responsible for proposing a project that can gain the approval and support of the biology program and faculty. The project should include a reflection on the body of literature, or the conceptual framework to which it is a contribution. It must be shared with the College community through posters, presentations, or other means. This course is repeatable for up to eight credit hours and fulfills four of the 16 credit hours of upper-division biology courses required to earn a degree in biology. Prerequisite: Biol270, Biol270L, Biol271, and Biol271L, or permission of faculty mentor. Approval by faculty mentor, Biology Department Chair, and the Department Chair of the student’s major(s) is required. Biol494 requires the prerequisite of Biol493. Consult faculty mentor for project guidelines.