Honors Program

Information, instructions, and application materials for Environmental Science B.S. majors interested in pursuing Departmental Honors.

Honors in Environmental Science

The Honors Program in environmental science is intended to provide exceptional students the opportunity for advanced research and study, under the guidance of a faculty member, leading to the completion of an honors thesis. To qualify for graduation with honors, students must complete all requirements for the major, have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better in upper division course work in the major, an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or better, complete at least eight units of Environment 198 taken over at least two quarters, and produce a completed, satisfactory honors thesis paper. The honors thesis is in addition to the requirement of a completed Practicum in Environmental Science project.

Guidelines for Environmental Science Departmental Honors Program

I. REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY

A. Junior class standing (≥ 90 completed units of university-level course work)

B. Cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.0 in all university-level course work (including courses required as preparation for the major)

C. Cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.5 in course work required in the major (excluding courses required as preparation for the major)

D. At the discretion of the Environmental Science Program, prior completion of one or more specified courses

NOTE: Students who have a realistic chance of attaining the GPA minimums by their Degree Expected Term but who do not yet qualify at the time of application may be allowed, upon review and approval by the IoES Honors Committee, to pursue Departmental Honors.

II. REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

A. Selection and agreement of a faculty sponsor (generally a participating faculty member in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability who should also be a member of the UCLA Academic Senate. If a non-Academic Senate is the primary advisor, a Senate member should act as a secondary sponsor and co-signer.)

B. Selection of a suitable thesis topic.

C. Completion and submission to the Environmental Science Honors Committee of a complete Application form, Degree Progress Report, and Prospectus (see Application and Prospectus Guidelines below)

III. ENROLLMENT IN DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM

All Departmental Honors students are required to enroll in two to three quarters of Environment 198 for a total of 8 units. Students wishing to pursue Departmental Honors must also complete the Senior Practicum (180ABC) series; Departmental Honors cannot substitute for the Senior Practicum, nor can it be used as a substitute for any other major or minor/concentration requirement.

IV. REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUATION (“MINIMUM PROGRESS”)

A. Acceptable progress towards completion of required Environmental Science Honors course work, monitored quarterly by the faculty sponsor

B. Acceptable progress towards completion of an Environmental Science Honors Thesis, monitored quarterly or more frequently by the faculty sponsor

C. At the discretion of the Environmental Science Program, participation of the student in additional “enrichment experiences,” monitored quarterly by the faculty sponsor

V. REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION WITH DEPARTMENTAL “HONORS” OR “HIGHEST HONORS”

A. Completion of all requirements for the major

B. Cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.0 in all university-level course work

C. Cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.5 in upper division course work in the Major

D. Completion of required Honors course work (Environment 198)

E. Completion and acceptance by the Environmental Science Honors Committee of the Honors Thesis.

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