Honors Program

In order to graduate with “honors in geology” or “honors in environmental science,” a student must:

  • complete GLY 2250 (Evolution of the Earth),
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.45 (both overall and in the major), and
  • must take a total of nine semester hours in the program (see below) with honors at the 2000 level or above with a grade of “B” or better in each course. 
  • write a senior honors thesis; the nine semester hours above must include GLY/ENV 4501 (Senior Honors Research) and GLY/ENV 4510 (Senior Honors Thesis).

Thesis Guidelines

The honors thesis must be approved by two readers in order to graduate with honors in geology or environmental science; for “honors in geology” the thesis director must be from the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and for “honors in environmental science” at least one reader must be from the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

Coursework Guidelines

In order to graduate with honors from the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, the 9-semester hour requirement can be met by taking the following courses:

Geology: 3–5 honors credits from GLY courses at the 3000 level or higher by negotiating an honors contract with the course instructor, GLY 4501 (1–3 credits), and GLY 4510 (3 credits).

Environmental Science: 3–5 honors credits from courses in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics, or by negotiating an honors contract with the course instructor in those departments, ENV 4501 (1–3 credits), and ENV 4510 (3 credits).

Note that graduating with Honors in Geology is not the same as graduating with University Honors, which requires completion of specific coursework through the University Honors Program.

Geology honors students