Form purpose

This form is used for many classes including Honors Directed Study, Honors thesis, Advanced Study Practicum, Undergraduate Research, Undergraduate Thesis and Individualized Instruction. These course options are offered on an experimental or tutorial basis or for courses in which the content is new or changing. Credit hours have some flexibility, but the university requires students to perform 45 hours of contact work for each academic credit.

Please note, 6 credit hours of individualized study is the maximum that can be used towards any major degree requirements.

  • 1 credit requires 45 hours is about 1-3 contact hours a week
  • 2 credits requires 90 hours is about 5-6 hours a week
  • 3 credits requires 135 hours is about 8-10 hours a week

Filling out this form is a process. Please be prepared to complete multiple steps that may take several days to complete to enable you to accurately fill out this form. 

For more information about the classes that require the OMNIBUS form, please see the drop down menus below. 

Special instruction for MBB 495 (skip if this is not your class)

  1. For students wanting to enroll in MBB 495, you must receive approval of your research area from Dr. Tsafrir Mor, Dr. Hugh Mason, or Dr. Wim Vermaas. Any one of these faculty can email our office directly to approve your research, or you may forward us their written permission.
  2. Once you hear back from the faculty member you contacted, proceed to the "What you need before you can fill out the form" section. 

What you need before you fill out the form

  1. Refer to the dropdown menu below to make sure this is the correct form for the class you are intending to take. 
  2. Speak to a faculty member about entering into the agreement for an OMNIBUS course and, in conjunction with the faculty member, develop a plan for what that course of study will look like. 
  3. What to decide before accessing the form:
    1. Make sure to discuss how many credit hours you are planning to achieve for your class. The university requires 45 hours of contact work per credit. 
    2. Discuss how your work will be evaluated.
    3. Discuss options for social distancing both while working in person and a plan should you have to work remotely for a time. 
  4. You will need the ASURite assigned email address to fill out the Adobe Sign form. You may need to ask the faculty member to provide this address. Alias addresses, such as the faculty member's name (ex: will not authenticate and the faculty member will not be able to complete their part of the form. 
  5. Be prepared to provide a brief description of the project as well as the items you will do to earn the credit hours. This description will be in 2100 characters or less (2 to 3 sentences).

What to do once you have completed the steps above

  1. Activate the Adobe Sign agreement below, complete and sign.
  2. Once you sign, you will be asked to enter 2 email addresses. The first is for the faculty member and the second will be your own. Make sure to use ASURite assigned emails ONLY. Alias emails will not be able to authenticate and you will have to start the process over.
  3. Make sure to verify the email address you used in the form by going to your email and clicking the link sent by Adobe Sign. Before your form can be sent on, Adobe Sign needs confirmation of who you are. 
  4. A copy of the form will be sent to the listed faculty member for their signature and a finalized copy will be sent to SOLS advising for approval.
  5. If you do not receive confirmation from Adobe Sign that your form is complete within 7 business days, follow up with your professor to make sure they filled out and submitted their form. If they have done so, then you may want to reach out to advising at

For questions about this form please email advising at 

OMNIBUS - Course areas of study

BIO/HPS/MIC/MBB/PLB 492: Honors directed study
Possible credit hours: 1-3
Enrollment requirements: Must be a student in Barrett, the Honors College
Description: 492 may only be used if the research is part of your two-semester honors thesis work. This course ranges from one to three semester hours. Consult with an honors advisor before enrolling is recommended.
Note: Must be completed before 493.

BIO/HPS/MIC/MBB/PLB 493: Honors Thesis
Possible credit hours: 1-6
Enrollment Requirements: Must be a student in Barrett, the Honors College. Students may have first completed 492 or a related course for the first half of thesis credits.
Description: This course ranges from one to six semester hours. Consult with an honors advisor before enrolling is recommended. 
Note: 493 is taken for the final semester of thesis work including the defense and final project submission.

BIO/MIC/MBB 494: Advanced Study Practicum
Possible credit hours: 1-4
Enrollment Requirements: Must have successfully completed the course for which you are assigned as an ATA.
Description: Assistant Teaching Assistants (ATAs) for School of Life Sciences Courses. Students must have completed the course for which they are assigned as an ATA. For more information, contact the course instructor.
Note: Does not count as upper division major lab credit.

BIO/HPS/MIC/MBB/PLB 495: Undergraduate Research
Possible credit hours: 1-3
Description: Supervised research in biology/microbiology/molecular biosciences and biotechnology/ or plant biology.
Note: Six credit hours of these types of experiences can be applied towards major degree requirements, and a max of three credit hours can go toward the upper division lab requirement.

BIO/HPS/MIC/MBB/PLB 496: Undergraduate Thesis
Possible credit hours: 1-3
Enrollment Requirements: Successful completion of BIO/MIC/MBB/PLB 495
Description: Guided research culminating in the preparation of an undergraduate thesis based on supervised research done in current and previous semesters.
Note: Does not count as upper division major lab credit.

BIO/HPS/MIC/MBB/PLB 499: Individualized Instruction
Possible credit hours: 1-3
Description: Provides an opportunity for original study or investigation in the major or field of specialization on an individual and more autonomous basis.
Note: Can count as upper division lab credit, if doing applicable research/lab work. Please meet with your academic advisor with any questions.

Faculty information

  • Grades are due one week after Reading Day.
  • Please email final grades to Tanner Bayles at
  • If you have any questions please email Tanner Bayles at or contact the SOLS Advising office at 480-727-6277.