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Academic Honors

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences encourages high academic achievement and recognizes outstanding students in several ways:

Dean’s List

Each semester undergraduate students are recognized for academic excellence by inclusion of the Dean’s List. Eligibility for the Dean’s list in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is determined by the following criteria:

  1. A minimum course load for the semester of 12 letter-graded credits;
  2. Achievement of a semester GPA of at least 3.50; and
  3. Achievement of an “S” grade, or a “C-” or better grade in each course (including Physical Education), with no “Incompletes” or “NGR”.

Dean’s List will be granted retroactively if students meet all the requirements after successful course completion to make up an “incomplete” or “NGR” grade. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the CALS Student Services Office if a grade change makes them eligible for Dean’s List.

Bachelor of Sciences with Honors

Students must meet one of the following sets of criteria to receive a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors:

  • Summa Cum Laude: Students receive a cumulative GPA of 4.00 or greater will graduate with “Summa Cum Laude.”
  • Magna Cum Laude: Students receiving a cumulative GPA of greater than or equal to 3.75 and less than 4.0 will graduate “Magna Cum Laude.”
  • Cum Laude: Students receiving a cumulative GPA of greater than or equal to 3.50 and less than 3.75 will graduate “Cum Laude.”

Honors will be listed on both the student’s transcript and on their diploma.

How to compute Latin Honors eligibility in your final semester for a Bachelor of Science with Honors

KEY:

  S = the number of letter graded credits completed

  T = the number of letter graded credits enrolled for in the current semester

  Q = Quality points completed (A quality point for one course would be the number of
         credits you took the course by, multiplied by the quality point assigned to the grade).
         i.e. if you took a 3 credits course and received an A, you would have 12 quality points

Quality-point equivalents

A+ = 4.3 B+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.3 D+ = 1.3 F= 0
A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0
A- = 3.7 B- - 2.7 C- = 1.7 D- = 0.7

The grades of INC, R, S, and U do not have quality-point equivalents.

Plug in the numbers from your record to compute the following Latin Honors Eligibility:

SUMMA

4.0 x (S + T) – Q = total number of quality points needed to attain SUMMA
standing. To figure out the GPA needed you would take the Quality Points
needed and divide it by T (the number of letter graded credits you are enrolled for).

MAGNA

3.75 x (S + T) – Q = total number of quality points needed to attain MAGNA
standing. To figure out the GPA needed you would take the Quality Points needed
and divide it by T (the number of letter graded credits you are enrolled for).

CUM LAUDE

3.5 x (S + T) – Q = total number of quality points needed to attain CUM LAUDE standing. To figure out the GPA needed you would take the Quality Points needed and divide it by T (the number of letter graded credits you are enrolled for).

 

Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Research

Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in research when, in addition to having completed all graduation requirements, they have satisfactorily completed the Research Honors Program in their area of interest and have been recommended for the degree by the honors committee in that area. For further information, visit the Research Honors Program web-page.

Research Honors Program

The Research Honors Program provides students with a special opportunity to work with a faculty mentor to experience the research process. Successful completion of the program requires a thesis written in the style of a master’s thesis or professional journal article in that area of research. Original honors research may be published in a professional journal. Students are required to send an electronic version of their thesis title, abstract, student’s name to Sharon Loucks by the end of the spring semester. During the summer each year, the CALS Research Honors Abstracts is published as a compilation of abstracts of the honors theses. In addition to copies of the entire thesis requested by the program area, one copy is required by the Office of Academic Programs (177 Roberts Hall). This copy is made available in Mann Library. Students may volunteer to publish their theses in the Internet-First University Press if it does not interfere with other plans, such as patenting or publishing in another journal.

Research may be done under the appropriate program area: Animal Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biology & Society, Entomology, Information Science, Landscape Studies, Natural Resources, Nutritional Sciences, Physical Sciences, Plant Sciences, and Social Sciences. Each program area has its own requirements in addition to the college requirements.

Consult Undergraduate Research Opportunities for more information about identifying a research topic, conferring with a faculty member and undergraduate funding opportunities.