Contract for Independent Study

Most independent research will now be registered through a Biotechnology Research Class, please see the course descriptions above and use the Biotechnology Research Contract.

ANIMLSCI 496 or ANIMLSCI 596 courses may be taken under the direct supervision of a UMass faculty sponsor and may be used for literature or data review and analysis or other projects of that do not fit in the ’91 Biotechnology Research course structure. A letter grade and course title “Independent study” is listed on the student’s transcript. ANIMLSCI 596 is a graduate-level course; generally this level is used by upper level undergraduates but can be used by beginning graduate students. Products to be generated in the 496 and 596 courses are determined by the sponsoring faculty and agreed to by the student. Examples of appropriate independent study outputs include: papers, posters, oral reports or a portfolio of work. A 1 credit independent study course averages 3 hours of work per week over 15 weeks of the fall or spring semester, or 45 hours total per semester. Credits may vary from 1 to 6, or 3 (1 credit) to 18 (6 credits) hours of work per week. Completed contract should be emailed to mschneider [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu (Mary Schneider) or printed out and returned to 427Z ISB to be enrolled.