Honors Plan in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Effective: Winter 2012


The Honors plan consists of a series of special academic opportunities supplementary to any of the regular majors. The Honors plan is tailored to fit the needs and interests of individual students. Honors students in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences should complete EARTH 490 for one credit during two of the four terms of the junior and senior years for:

  1. reading and discussion of the professional literature;
  2. library research and reporting on a special research problem;
  3. research as an assistant to a faculty member or as part of a graduate seminar; or
  4. individual research and reporting on a problem or graduate seminar.

A thesis is required to complete the program. The Honors plan offers well-qualified students an opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of their undergraduate experience. To be eligible for the Honors plan, students must have at least: (1) a 3.4 grade point average in EARTH courses elected in the department; and (2) a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 at the time of acceptance. Students admitted to the Honors plan must complete the requirements for their principal major program.

Ideally, the selection of candidates for Honors plan is made at the beginning of the junior year, but qualified students may be admitted to the plan as late as the end of the junior year. Interested students should contact the departmental office for referral to the Honors advisor, 2534 C.C. Little Building, (734) 764-1435.

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