Honors Program in Geosciences

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The purpose of the Honors Program in Geosciences is to prepare students for entrance into highly competitive graduate or professional programs (law; business) by demonstrating research skills and depth of knowledge. Undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Geosciences with a cumulative Texas A&M University GPR of at least 3.5 and an Honors GPR of at least 3.25 are encouraged to apply for the Geosciences honors plan.

Honors Requirements

Students will take 18 hours of honors courses distributed as follows:

  • At least 15 hours of honors courses in the College of Geosciences offered as an honors section or through honors contract with the instructor;
    • At least 9 hours in Geosciences must be at the 300 or 400 level
    • No more than 6 honors credits in 491H and 485H combined
  • Up to 6 hours of graduate courses in the College of Geosciences
  • Up to 3 hours of honors courses outside the College of Geosciences offered as an honors section or through honors contract with the instructor.

Admission Requirements

Current students

Current and potential majors (transfers, change of major) with an overall GPR of 3.5 or higher are eligible for admission. A student who has an F*, which indicates academic dishonesty, will not be admitted into the program.

Incoming Freshman

Incoming freshman must have a combined SAT of at least 1250 or a 28 on the ACT (27 minimum on verbal and math) and need to have graduated in the top 10% of their high school class.

Students are encouraged to consult with the academic advisor and/or Undergraduate Director in their home department to determine if they are eligible for the Geosciences Honors program.

Probation or Dismissal

If a student’s cumulative GPR drops below 3.5, the student will be placed on probationary period for one semester. In the event that the student has a GPR below 3.5 for two consecutive semesters, he or she will not be able to continue in the honors program. A student who has an F*, which indicates academic dishonesty, will be automatically dismissed from the program.

Honors Recognition and Graduation with Honors

All completed Honors coursework taken at Texas A&M University is designated as such on the student’s official transcript, showing that the student has taken part in an enhanced curriculum. After graduation, the transcript will designate that the student has achieved a distinction of “Honors in the Geosciences.”

 

For more information about the Honors Program in Geosciences, contact Dr. Christian Brannstrom.

Revised 18 Nov. 2019

Dr. Christian Brannstrom

Dr. Christian Brannstrom

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

cbrannst@geog.tamu.edu

(979) 845-3651

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