Students majoring in the sciences normally culminate their four-year experience at Keck Science in a research experience and/or thesis in their major field. Topics for investigation can be of the student's choosing or result from consultation with a faculty member in the field of concentration.
The one year program consists of 188-190 and usually involves a laboratory or field investigation with a faculty member. In 188, a topic is chosen, background materials reviewed, research started and seminar discussions held with faculty members and students in the area of investigation. In 190, research is continued, culminating in a written thesis and a poster presentation. Normally this two-semester sequence begins in the fall semester of the senior year.
Students who wish to write a one-semester thesis involving, primarily, library research should enroll directly in 190. This can be done in either the Fall or Spring semesters. Laboratory work is possible but should be minimal. A poster presentation, describing results, is also part of the course.
The links to the right will lead you to the specifics of the program.
- Equipment and Space Usage
- Funding Student Projects
- Goals and Philosophy of Senior Thesis
- Guidelines and Document Formatting
- Key Policy
- Poster Presentation Guide
- Poster Printing Guidelines and Procedures
- Thesis Student Login