Any of the degrees offered by the Geography Department can be completed with honors, although the BS degrees in Atmospheric Sciences have slightly different requirements compared to the degrees in Geography. To complete a degree with honors students must fulfill the following requirements.
Students must meet the following requirements to graduate with honors for any Atmospheric Science Degree:
- Demonstrate superior scholarship by achieving a grade-point average of 3.50 in all atmospheric Science courses and an overall average of at least 3.25.
- Make a written request to the undergraduate studies committee by the beginning of their senior year.
- Complete the two honors courses, ATMO 690 Special Problems in Meteorology and ATMO 699 Undergraduate Research with grades A or B. These courses are usually taken during the senior year.
To be accepted as a candidate for honors, a major must have completed at least 6 hours of upper-division credit in geography with a grade-point average of 3.50 in all geography courses and an overall average of at least 3.25. In addition to outstanding work in geography classes, the program requires GEOG 499, an independent study course consisting of the creation of an honors paper. The student will present the results of this paper in an oral examination to a committee consisting of a minimum of two faculty, normally from the Geography Department, and chaired by the GEOG 499 supervisor. To graduate with honors, the student must complete the paper and the examinations and maintain the 3.50 and 3.25 grade point averages.