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 9 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.
    • for GLY majors, 3–5 honors credits must be from GLY courses at the 3000 level or higher (see individual instructor to fill out the honors contract)
    • for ENV majors, 3–5 honors credits can be from upper level courses in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics (see individual instructor to fill out the honors contract)
    • GES Honors Contract (PDF) 
  • 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). 
    • Senior Honors Research and Senior Honors Thesis Contract (PDF)
    • To sign up for GLY/ENV 4501/4510, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in all GLY and ENV courses.
    • 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.

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

For questions about the Honors Program in GES, contact Dr. Cole Edwards.

Geology honors students