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Behavioral Psychology (BEH)

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The systematic investigation of mental phenomena of human and other animals, especially those associated with consciousness, behavior and the problems of adjustment to the environment.

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Biology (BIO)

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This category is for the life science projects which do not fall into any other category. This includes, but is not limited to, projects involving human medicine and dentistry. Note: proper IRB forms may be required and must be approved before projects in this category may begin.

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Biochemistry (BC)

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The study of chemistry within living organisms with emphasis of the process. This includes, but is not limited to, projects involving blood chemistry, protein chemistry, and plant genetics. Note: Proper certification may be required and approved before projects in this category may begin.

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Botany (BOT)

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The study of plants. This includes, but is not limited to, projects involving plant physiology, plant anatomy, plant pathology, and plant genetics.

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Chemistry (CHM)

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The study of the composition of matter and how matter can change. This includes, but is not limited to, projects involving physical chemistry, organic chemistry (other than biochemistry), inorganic chemistry, and chemical engineering.

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Computer Science (CPS)

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The development of computer programs, algorithms, computer languages, and hardware. If the project deals with the use of computers as a tool to obtain, analyze, or present data, the project should be placed in to category of its major thrust.

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Earth and Space (ES)

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The study of the earth and extraterrestial bodies and the processes affecting them. This includes, but is not limited to projects involving geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy.

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Ecology (EC)

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The study of the interactions and relationships of living things to their abiotic enviornment and to each other. This includes, but is not limited to projects involving pollution, enviornmental alterations, and ecosystem analysis.

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Engineering (ENG)

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EngeneeringUsing mathematics, science, and design principles to solve practical problems.  This definition includes the traditional engineering disciplines, such as electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering, but can include forward looking interdisciplinary areas, such as energy engineering, nanoengineering, and data engineering.

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