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Departmental Honors in Astronomy

Qualified undergraduates earning either a B.A. or a B.S. degree with a major in astronomy may graduate with honors by meeting these requirements:

  1. By the end of the candidate’s final semester, he or she must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 overall and 3.5 in the major in all courses taken in residence and elsewhere.
  2. The candidate must complete at least 24 credit hours of astronomy and physics courses numbered 500 or above, including undergraduate research represented by 4 hours of credit in ASTR 596, ASTR 597, PHSX 500, or PHSX 501, with a grade of B or higher.
  3. The results of the research must be presented in written form and accepted by three members of the department faculty.

A student who plans to graduate with honors in astronomy must file a declaration of intent form with the departmental honors coordinator, preferably during his or her junior year, but no later than enrollment for the final undergraduate semester.

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