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Beta Beta Beta formally defines itself as "an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences." Its time of birth (1922) accounts for both its Greek letter name and its original emphasis on a role as an "honorary". However, it has never been a secret society and from its beginning many of its activities have been those of a professional society. Since it is a society of and for students, particularly for undergraduate majors in a biological science, it is not inaccurate to describe it as a professional society for apprentice biologists. The constitutional restrictions on chapters and the varied chapter activities give the structural and functional basis for their claim to professional stature.

The functions of Beta Beta Beta as a national organization range from publication of the national journal, BIOS, to recognition of outstanding individual and chapter accomplishments. For the individual TriBetan, the local chapter is the heart of Beta Beta Beta. A TriBeta chapter offers to its member's activities and experiences that enrich and extend but do not duplicate the primary requirements for the biology major. In a university with a number of biological science departments and a large student body, a chapter can form a coordinating center for undergraduate biological activates; in a small school the chapter can greatly enrich and add to the variety of experiences for all the students.

    Deliberately, the national constitution puts few restrictions on membership in TriBeta. Regular membership is based on academic achievement in biology and is, in that sense, honorary, but every major in a biological science and many interested students who are not actually majors can qualify for associate membership. Chapters may adapt the requirements to meet the specific needs of their members and department or departments, provided only that they meet national standards.


   Beta Beta Beta was founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University by Dr. Frank G. Brooks and a group of his students. Chapters at several other Midwestern colleges were established in the next few years, and the national organization was formed in 1925 by three faculty members: Dr. Brooks, Dr. William M. Goldsmith from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and Dr. John C. Johnson, Sr. from Western Sate College in Colorado. Since that time Biennial conventions with both student and faculty representatives have been held regularly with only a few exceptions. A Silver Anniversary Convention in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947 and a 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. in 1972 have been marked by special celebrations. The number of chapters and number of new initiates per year has increased steadily. There are now (2000) 425 chapters; in total over 174,000 young biologists have been inducted as regular members of TriBeta in addition to thousands of associate members.

The National President elected at the first meeting in 1925 was Dr. William Goldsmith. Dr. Johnson became Vice President and acted as liaison officer in contacting other schools and establishing new chapters. Dr. Brooks became Secretary-Treasurer, an office her continued to hold until his death in 1955. He was also instrumental in 1930 in establishing BIOS, the journal of the society and acted as its managing editor. Thus, Dr. Brooks served as the great mainstay and inspiration of this organization all through the early years, and after his death his wife, Laura Jean Brooks, took over his positions and carried them out until her retirement in 1967.

    A succession of other able officers as well as chapter faculty counselors and participating students have served and furthered the development of TriBeta. A complete account of the history to 1972 is to be found in BIOS, 51, 1 (March 1980). The present structure of the society is the result of continued growth and change over the years, and this booklet can only outline briefly the many facets and activities of our organization.


Requirements to be a full member:a) 3.0 or above cumulative GPA; b) 3.0 or above GPA from all classes taken in the Department of Biological Sciences; c) at least 25 units must have been taken in the Department of Biological Sciences. For instance taking the Bio 121-123 w/ lab and a random biological class will do it.  Application