Graduating seniors often choose to complete an Independent Research Project, or "Senior Thesis". With the guidance of a senior faculty member, they may conduct laboratory research, field research, and/or computer modeling. After completing data analysis, these students make a final presentation to a panel of Geological Sciences faculty by the end of their senior year.
One semester of GEOL 1970 (Independent Research Project) is required for ScB concentrators and is often completed by AB concentrators as well. Some of these students choose to complete two semesters of research and have two additional faculty readers participate in their oral presentation, making them eligible for "Honors".