Research Courses

Students will find that departments have varying rules and principles on whether research may be done for credit or pay.  Rarely would a department allow a student to receive both course credit and pay for a project.  These principles are based on the ethical beliefs of a department and its faculty.  Explore the department’s expectations with your faculty mentor or associate dean.

Undergraduate Research Courses (USU 4900)

Undergraduate research is heavily supported here at Utah State, and many degrees require some form of research involvement. Many departments have their own course prefix/number for undergraduate credit (i.e. ENGR 1000). For those departments that do not, the university number can be used (USU 4900). Grades are submitted by the Associate Vice President, and the work is evaluated by a faculty member. For more information about what course number is best for your degree, please contact your advisor.

Research Courses by Degree

  • Accounting: ACCT 4900, ACCT 6900
  • Agricultural Systems Technology and Education: ASTE 4900
  • Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences: ADVS 4800
  • Applied Economics: APEC 4900
  • Art History: ARTH 4800, 4900
  • Biological Engineering: BENG 1000
  • Biology: BIOL 5323, 5800
  • Business: BUSN 2988
  • Chemistry: CHEM 4800
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: CEE 5930
  • Communication Studies: CMST 4470
  • Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education: COMD 4600
  • Computer Science: CS 4950
  • Economics: ECN 4900
  • Engineering: ENGR 1500, 3500
  • English: ENGL 3470
  • Environment and Society: ENVS 4970
  • Human Development and Family Studies: HDFS 4400, 4830
  • Finance: FIN 4900
  • Geography: GEOG 4950
  • Health Education and Promotion: HEP 5950
  • History: HIST 4990
  • Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences: ITLS 4910
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: ITDS 4900
  • Journalism and Communication: JCOM 4520
  • Kinesiology: KIN 5910
  • Language: LANG 3990
  • Management: MGT 4800
  • Marketing and Strategy: MSLE 4800
  • Music: MUSC 4320 (Music Therapy)
  • Natural Resources: NR 4250
  • Parks and Recreation Professional: PRP 5900, 5910
  • Philosophy: PHIL 4910, 4930, 4990
  • Physics: PHYS 4900
  • Plants, Soils, and Climate: PSC 4970
  • Political Science: POLS 4990
  • Psychology: PSY 4910, 4950
  • Religious Studies: RELS 4990
  • Secondary Education: SCED 4900
  • Sociology: SOC 4600
  • Special Education: SPED 4910
  • Watershed Sciences: WATS 4931, 4970
  • Women and Gender Studies: WGS 4900
  • Wildland Resources: WILD 4970

Research Integrity Courses (USU 6900)

Participants in this course will receive training required by key Federal agencies to participate in their grant programs, and successful completion will include both responsible conduct of research (RCR) and institutional review board (IRB) certification.  The course will provide an overview of approaches to moral reasoning and of core research integrity issues including:

  • Ethical treatment of human subjects in research
  • Ethical care and use of animals in research
  • Data management
  • Authorship and publication practices
  • Peer review
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Collaborative science
  • Mentor/trainee relationships
  • Research misconduct

The course uses a case-based learning approach, with required readings and preparation and analysis of one case. Advanced undergraduates and graduates may enroll.