Students who want to work toward a B.S. degree with honors should discuss the matter with the faculty adviser and the chair of the department’s Undergraduate Committee as soon as possible. Admission to the degree with honors program requires the approval of the department chair and will be considered only for juniors or seniors having a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all work and of 3.40 in geology and environmental geosciences courses.
A B.S. degree with honors in geology and environmental geosciences will be awarded to the candidate who maintains a GPA of 3.40 in department courses, fulfills the normal requirements for the major, and completes a departmental honors thesis under GEOL 499. The senior departmental honors thesis must be approved by the project adviser and a staff member appointed by the departmental undergraduate committee.
The University Honors Program is separate but complementary to the departmental degree with honors. Eligible students may participate in one or both programs simultaneously since there is some overlap in the requirements. Students interested in the University Honors Program are encouraged to contact the University Honors office for more detailed information.