Undergraduate Research Courses
Many departments offer credits that count toward your major for participating in supervised or mentored research projects in conjuntion with a faculty member. Please select your major from the list below for a list of these courses.
Faculty: If undergraduate research courses in your department are not listed, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the course number to have the course added.
ACCT 460. Accounting Information Systems. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Corequisite: ACCT 421. Prerequisites: ACCT 301 with a C or better, 302, 311, 421 and IT 360T, or permission of the instructor, and a declared major in the university or permission of the Dean's Office of the CBPA. Students must have a C- or better in ACCT 460 to graduate with a concentration in accounting. The theoretical and practical approaches to the analysis, design, and implementation of manual and/or computerized accounting systems. Emphasis is placed on the investigation and documentation of internal controls, accounting cycle attributes, and auditing techniques for computer-based systems. Individual projects include comprehensive documentation of an accounting application and two case studies using a current financial accounting software package. The group project involves development of an accounting system for a specific application and its presentation to the class. This class qualifies as a CAP experience. Students will complete a comprehensive final examination on materials covered in ACCT 301, 302, 311, 421, and 460.
AE 497/597. Independent Study in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Individual analytical, computational, and/or experimental study in an area selected by student. Supervised and approved by the advisor.
African American Studies
AAST 497/597. Independent Study. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Students are exposed to opportunities to conduct independent research and/or study in areas focused on the political, social and cultural experiences of people of African descent in the U.S. and the African Diaspora.
ARTH 480. Senior Thesis. 3 credits. Prerequisites: 12 hours of art history electives at the 300 and 400 levels and senior standing. The research and writing of a thesis on an advanced topic in art history to be determined by the student in concert with a faculty advisor. The thesis option is intended for students preparing for graduate study in the field, and it may be taken in place of another upper-level art history elective within the major.
BIOL 369. Practicum. 1-3 credits. Prerequisites: BIOL 115N-116N, acceptance as a declared major, junior class status, and approval by the CDA. A supervised experience in a research, teaching, or work/field setting, and culminating in the preparation of a written document relevant to the practicum experience. Unstructured course. (qualifies as a CAP experience)
BIOL 487/488W. Honors Research in Biology. 487 is prerequisite to 488. 4 credits eachsemester. Prerequisites: admission to the HonorsProgram and senior standing. Independent studyand scheduled meetings with faculty advisor. Thework in this course results in the production of a thesis. (qualifies as a CAP experience) (488W is a writing intensive course.)
BIOL 497. Undergraduate Research. 1-3 credits. Prerequisites: BIOL 115N/116N, junior standing, permission of instructor, permission of CDA. Student performs lab and/or field research under supervision of ODU faculty or other approved professional. Requires a minimum of 3 hours per week or equivalent for 1 credit, completion of lab/field notes and written report and evaluation by supervisor. May qualify as lab experience (see CDA). (qualifies as a CAP experience)
CHEM 497, 498. Independent Study. Consultation and individual work, 497: 2 hours; 1 credit. 498: 4 hours; 2 credits. Prerequisites: course background appropriate to the proposed study project and approval of the department chair and the faculty/research advisor. An opportunity is afforded students to undertake independent study or an original investigation under the direction of a faculty member.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
CEE 403W. Civil Engineering Design Project and Professional Practice. Lecture 1 hour; laboratory 4 hours; 3 credits. For graduating seniors only. Group design project of civil engineering systems requiring synthesis, data gathering, preliminary investigation, master planning, conceptual designs, layouts, cost estimates and report writing. Emphasis on alternatives, constraints, economics, ethics and professional practice, business and project management, public policy and leadership. (qualifies as a CAP experience) (This is a writing intensive course.)
CEE 404. Environmental Engineering Design Project and Professional Practice. Lecture 1 hour; laboratory 4 hours; 3 credits. For graduating seniors only. Synthesis of environmental engineering fundamentals into integrated systems design. Emphasis on pollution prevention and life cycle design concepts. Semester long project leads to engineering report and oral presentation. Includes consideration of technical and social constraints on engineering design and impacts on society. (qualifies as a CAP experience)
Civil Engineering Technology
CET 475. Senior Design Project. Lecture 1hour; laboratory 6 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites:CET 434, final semester or permission of the instructor. Students in the structural design emphasis area must also have CET 360. Independent or group design projects in the various CET emphasis areas with instructor and/or mentor guidance. Projects should include development and design, leading to appropriate engineering documents, with written and oral reports. (qualifies as a CAP experience)
COMM 369. Research Practicum. 3 credits. Prerequisites: completion of core courses and 6 hours of upper-level major courses, and approval of supervising faculty and department chair, prior to registration. A structured research experience, under the supervision of communication faculty member. A paper evaluating/analyzing the research, a log of research progress, and satisfactory evaluation by the supervising faculty are required. (qualifies as a CAP experience)
CRJS 436. Capstone Research Project. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT 130M, SOC 337 and senior standing. Students will work in groups to plan, design, and carry out a research project. Final papers which report the results for the study will be presented in a formal research seminar. The projects will reflect knowledge gained from undergraduate work and training received in STAT 130M and SOC 337.
CYTO 497. Cytology Senior Seminar. Seminar; 2 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the program director. Supervised experience consists of clinical cases and seminar presentations into current advances within the specialty of clinical cytology. A student research project and oral presentation of current journal articles and the research paper are required.
Electrical Engineering Technology
EET 480W. Senior Project. Lecture 1 hour; laboratory 6 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: EET 434, senior standing and faculty approval. Individual projects performed under the direction of a sponsoring faculty member. Projects may involve analytical and/or experimental results.Formal written reports will be required. (qualifies as a CAP experience) (This is a writing intensivecourse.)
ENGL 369. Research Practicum. 3 credits. Prerequisites: passing score on the Writing Sample Placement Test, ENGL 327W or 335, plus 15 hours in major (with sufficient coursework in an involved emphasis) and approval by faculty practicum advisor. This course enables students to combine traditional research in scholarship with real world applications. Can be repeated for credit.(qualifies as a CAP experience)
GEOG 499. Senior Thesis. 3 credits. Prerequisites: GEOG 308 and senior standing in Geography. Completion of a research paper supervised by a faculty member from the Geography program. Research topic to be selected in concert with the faculty supervisor and a final written report required.
JST 497. Research Project in Jewish Studies. 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing, 6 hours of course work in Jewish studies (to include PHIL 350), and approval of the coordinator of Jewish Studies. Independent reading and study of a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor.
Mechanical Engineering Technology
MET 435W. Senior Design Project. Lecture 1 hour; laboratory 6 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: MET 434 and senior standing. A capstone course exercising upper level course work involving independent or group design projects. Students are required to collect data and synthesize a mechanical design. Submission of written reports and a final oral presentation are required. (qualifies as a CAP experience) (This is a writing intensive course.)
Ocean and Earth Sciences
OEAS 487, 488. Honors Research in Ocean and Earth Sciences. Independent studies andscheduled meetings with faculty advisor; 1-3credits each semester. Prerequisite: seniorstanding and admission to the Academic HonorsProgram. Supervised study in a field of individualinterest. Research results are reported in a publicoral presentation and a thesis.
PHYS 497/597. Special Problems and Research. 1-3 credits each semester. Prerequisite:senior standing or permission of the instructor.These courses afford the student an opportunity topursue individual study and research.
PHYS 499W. Senior Thesis. 3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Each student will undertake a research experience under the supervision of a department faculty member. The experience can be of an experimental, theoretical, or calculational type. A final oral and written report are required. The research may be completed on campus or at one of the department affiliated research organizations. (offered fall, spring, summer) (This is a writing intensive course.)
POLS 497/597. Independent Research in Political Science. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite:senior standing or permission of the instructor.Independent research in political science under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeatedup to 6 credit hours.
PSYC 487, 488. Honors Program in Psychology. For ODU psychology majors only; 3credits each semester. Prerequisites: PSYC 497;cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and psychologyGPA of 3.50 or higher; permission of thedepartmental Honors Program chair. Withpsychology faculty supervision, student developsan honors thesis proposal (in PSYC 487) forapproval by the Psychology Honors Programcommittee. Student conducts the supervised honorsresearch and documents it in a thesis (in PSYC488) for approval by the Psychology Honors Program committee. See section on Honors Program in Psychology in this Catalog.
PSYC 497, 498. Supervised Research. For ODU psychology majors only; 3 credits each semester. Prerequisites: PSYC 317 and 318W, GPA of 2.5, pre-approval by psychology faculty supervisor. Student and faculty supervisor develop and approve a contract of required research activities for the semester, such as attending research lab meetings, data collection, coding and/or analysis, library research, etc.
Recreation and Tourism Studies
RTS 497. Independent Study. 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor. Individualized instruction to include research, specialized studies, or other scholarly writing.
SOC 436. Capstone Research Project. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: SOC 337, STAT 130M and senior status. Students will work in groups to plan, design, and carry out a research project. Final papers which report the results of the study will be presented in a formal research seminar. The projects will reflect knowledge gained from undergraduate work and training received in STAT 130M and SOC 337.
SMGT 497/597. Independent Study in Sport Management. 3 credits. Prerequisite: permissionof the instructor. Individualized instruction toinclude research, specialized studies, or otherscholarly writing.