Research Courses

ICRU offers research courses each semester, available for registration through MyUI. Students and mentors should agree on an appropriate number of credit hours and expectations prior to registration.

  • Note: According to University of Iowa Guidelines, 1 semester hour of credit is equal to approximately three hours of research work per week.  Please register accordingly. 
Students in round-table research discussion

URES:3992 is a 0-semester hour course evaluated R/W (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) and does not affect GPA.  This course provides transcript verification of a student's participation in research during the semester.  

Students should register for this course if they:

  • Are paid.  (Students cannot receive course credit and payment for the same work.)
  • Are volunteering in a research position.
  • Do not want to accrue extra tuition costs or fees (i.e. Summer semesters).

URES:3993 can be taken for 1-4 semester hours, meaning extra tuition and fees may be applicable where appropriate.  This course is graded S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) and does not affect GPA.

URES:3994 can be taken for 1-4 semester hours, meaning extra tuition and fees may be applicable where appropriate.  This course is graded on an A-F basis and does affect GPA.


Departmental Courses

Many departments offer research/creative study courses for majors. Talk to your academic advisor to see which course is right for you. 


University Honors and Honors in the Major

Collection of Honors Theses

University of Iowa Honors Program.  UIHP students may register for HONR:3994 (Honors Research Practicum). Please see the Honors Program website for information.

Honors in the Major Many departments have research courses available for majors.  URES and HONR courses are not the same as departmental research courses.  Departments may or may not accept URES courses for Honors in the Major.  This needs to be verified with the department BEFORE registration. 


Senior/Honors Thesis Project

A thesis or other senior project is an original contribution to inquiry or art.  Students choose a  topic of interest and conduct a small, independent research project or complete a creative piece. 

Students pursuing Honors in the Major (aka Departmental Honors) need to know:

  • A student's thesis must be done under faculty supervision.
  • Thesis work often counts for 3-6 semester hours of  academic credit.
  • Projects usually take one to two semesters to design, complete, defend, and submit.  
  • Theses are typically completed in the student’s junior or senior year.  

Students interested in Honors in the Major should contact their major department or academic advisor fort more information.


University of Iowa Certificates

The University of Iowa offers a broad variety of Undergraduate Certificates, including those listed below.  For a more complete list of certificates by college, visit the UIowa Admissions Webpage.

​Certificate in Clinical and Translational Sciences

The Undergraduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is a selective certificate program designed to complement mentored research.  CCTS strengthens  academic knowledge and interest in biomedical research or policy in areas like chemistry, biology, physiology, and health sciences. Visit the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science website for more information.

Certificate in Museum Studies

Students of all majors can benefit from earning a Museum Studies Certificate.  Courses introduce students to the spectrum of museum endeavors, from organization and mission planning to institutional histories and current developments within the field. The Museum Studies program offers courses that are of value to those pursuing museum-related careers, or those with a general interest in the arts, sciences, or humanities.

Certificate in Global Health Studies

A Certificate in Global Health Studies provides an introduction to an academic field experience that is often needed in order to be competitive for post-graduation opportunities. This program includes a final project and presentation, ultimately preparing students for advanced academic work and careers in global health.

Writing Certificate

Certificate students explore and develop their own writing skills in a wide range of genres and for varied purposes, including creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry); writing for the professions, such as the arts, business, journalism, or science; writing for organizations; and writing related to personal interests.