Undergraduate Studies


Honors Calculations

Calculating Honors

The system used for calculating honors at the conclusion of the senior year is as follows:

  • 8 Departmental classes 55 % (~6.9 % ea)
  • Junior tutorial (Fall) 5 %
  • Junior paper 5 %
  • Thesis 30 %
  • Oral defense (Comprehensive) 5 %

We will automatically include our four core courses, which are

  • Biochemistry (MOL345)
  • Genetics (MOL342)
  • Cell and Developmental Biology (MOL348)
  • Core Lab (MOL350),

in the group of eight departmentals classes. The remaining four slots will then be filled with the other departmentals with the highest grades.

A list of courses that qualify as departmentals can be found in the Undergraduate Announcement or on the Molecular Biology Undergraduate Web Page.

Post Graduation Statistics

What Happens to Students after MOLBIO?

Class of 2011 – 57 graduating seniors:

  • 21 pursuing MD
  • 3 pursuing MD/PhD
  • 17 pursuing PhD
  • 2 other higher degree (e.g. MS/MPH/JD/VMD)
  • 9 employed in Science Field (e.g. teaching, research, technician, consulting)
  • 1 service/volunteer work
  • 4 non-science employment (e.g. financial sector)
  • 5 undecided or no information

Over the past 10 years:

~ 80% of all MOLBIO students pursue an advanced degree

  • 44% MD
  • 29% PhD & MD/PhD

Class Day

Monday, June 1, 2015 | 3:30 PM
Monday before Commencement

Carl Icahn Atrium
Reception immediately following presentations


2015 Class Day

Welcome Address

Presentation of Senior Thesis Certificates

Recognition of Honors Students and Award Presentations

Undergraduate Committee

Liz Gavis

Rebecca Burdine

Jane Flint

Alison Gammie

Fred Hughson

Tom Shenk (GHP)

Thomas Silhavy

Heather Thieringer

Highest Honors

High Honors



George Khoury '65 Prize for Academic Excellence

Sigma XI Book Award for Outstanding Thesis Research

Molecular Biology Award for Excellence in Senior Thesis Research

Sigma XI

Phi Beta Kappa

Special Academic Awards

Post Princeton Awards

* A reception will follow ceremony in Icahn Atrium *

Princeton University's 268th Commencement

To give you an idea of what is in store -- Photos from University photographers from the 2014 Commencement ceremony can be viewed at Princeton Photos 2014.

Key event dates for 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Baccalaureate. 2 p.m. Held in the Chapel with seating for guests in simulcast locations near the Chapel, this interfaith service features a guest speaker. In 2014,Christopher P. Lu '88, Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor and former White House cabinet secretary under President Barack Obama gave the address, a copy of which is available THIS LINK.

 Monday, June 1

For seniors
Class Day. 10:30 a.m. This event is focused on the senior class and includes a guest speaker. If weather permits, it is held on Cannon Green with a picnic lunch to follow (in the event of severe weather, seniors will assemble in the chapel and guests in simulcast locations including Dillon Gym and Alexander Hall).
Departmental receptions. Held in the afternoon. Times and places will be posted in spring 2015.

For advanced degree candidates
Dean's brunch. Noon, Held at the Graduate College.
Hooding Ceremony. 4;15 p.m., on Cannon Green, weather permitting (rain location for candidates is Alexander Hall and for guests is the Dillon Gym simulcast location).

 Tuesday, June 2

Commencement. 11:00 a.m. (guests must be seated by 10:20 a.m.). Granting of degrees and address by President Eisgruber. Distribution of diplomas in the Residential Colleges for seniors follows.


Upcoming Events

Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Thu, Apr 02, 2015

Mon, Apr 06, 2015

Tue, Apr 07, 2015

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