Beta Beta Beta

Honor Society

Honor Society Beta Beta Beta Honor Society

Beta Beta Beta is a National Honor Society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 520 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, read more at  The Barry University Chapter is Sigma Eta founded in 1969.

Membership and Eligibility

Any student who is a Biology major, Biology minor, or who is interested in the Life Sciences.  You can begin as an Associate Member if you do not qualify as a Regular Member.

According to the Beta Beta Beta constitution and Sigma Eta Barry Chapter, Beta Beta Beta is a non-discriminating organization that does not consider age, race, color, creed, sex, national origin or sexual preference. There are five (5) levels of membership in Beta Beta Beta.  For full definitions, see the Constitution ( Sigma Eta Barry Chapter also includes a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 for Regular Members and 2.5 for Associate Members.

Associate members shall be:

  1. Undergraduates whose interests include the life sciences in some significant way but who are ineligible for regular membership.
  2. Associate members shall be eligible to participate in all local, district, and national activities except those specifically reserved to regular members by this constitution.
  3. Sigma Eta Chapter requires a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 with at least one Biology Course completed,
  4. Sigma Eta Chapter requires at least 5 hours a semester of Service,
  5. Sigma Eta Chapter requires a $10 fee per semester.

Regular members shall be:

  1. Undergraduate “majors” in biological science at an institution where a chapter of Beta Beta Beta is located,
  2. Shall have completed at least one term of the second year of a four year curriculum or its equivalent,
  3. Shall have completed at least three semester courses in biological science, of which at least one is not an introductory course, with an average grade of B or its equivalent in those biology courses,
  4. Shall have a B average in all courses, and
  5. Shall be in good academic standing.
  6. Only regular members may hold the constitutionally specified chapter offices, vote on chapter membership nominations and national questions, and represent the chapter or vote at national conventions.
  7. Sigma Eta Chapter requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0,
  8. Sigma Eta Chapter requires at least 3 Biology courses for induction,
  9. Sigma Eta Chapter requires at least 5 hours a semester of Service.

Chapter or club honorary members:

  1. May be elected by any chapter or club in recognition of significant accomplishment as biologists or of outstanding service to the chapter or club.
  2. Sigma Eta Chapter can include, students, Faculty, Staff or external members who are voted in by the majority of the membership.
  3. Sigma Eta Chapter does not have a requirement for biology coursework.

Promoted members shall be:

  1. Associate members who now qualify to be Regular members in the Honor Society.

Elected Student Officers:

Beta Beta Beta elects new officers every year during the Spring semester. This is a great way to show your leadership skills, to meet other students, to promote the service you are interested in, to participate in National Events and to get Research Grants.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can self-enroll into the Tri-Beta Canvas site by following this link

  • The faculty sponsors are Dr. Leticia Vega, Professor of Biology ( and Dr. Ana Lichtenberger, Professor of Biology (

  • To receive your Life-long Beta Beta Beta membership, certificate and Honor's cords you need to be eligible as a Regular Member of the Barry's Sigma Eta Chapter, have paid your dues at least for the semester you are graduating, have completed at least the service hours for the semester you are graduating and pay the $55 fee for National Membership.  Please contact one of the Faculty Advisors if you are a graduating senior and want to be inducted into the Barry Sigma Eta chapter and the Nationals Society, you an email Dr. Ana Lichtenberger at   

  • The Biology Honor's Ceremony is held in May during Final Exam Week to celebrate the Biology graduating seniors (December and May of the Academic Year), showcase Outstanding Biology Majors who have achieved high academic standards, have provided significant service to the Biology department, the College of Arts & Sciences, the University and/or the community.  Biology graduates with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better are featured in the Biology Board and Biology Website, one of these students is recommended for the Dean's Award and one of these students is eligible for the Biology Graduate of Distinction for the Academic Year.

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