The purpose of the Honors Program in Mathematics is to stimulate the imagination and deepen the understanding of students by encouraging independent study and to provide recognition of exceptional achievements in mathematics. Students who complete the requirements of the program graduate with Honors in mathematics. The honors notation will appear on a student’s official transcript.
Entrance to the Honors Program is granted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, based on the following minimum requirements: (1) Junior or Senior standing; (2) at least 20 hours in mathematics, including MATH 1241, MATH 1242, MATH 2241, MATH 2171, MATH 2164, and MATH 3163; and (3) a GPA of not less than 3.0 in mathematics courses and in all University courses.
Students must apply to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for admission to the program and, if admitted, must select a mathematics faculty member who is willing to serve as an Honors advisor. The Department recommends students admitted to the program to the Honors Council for formal admission to Honors candidacy. (In order to graduate with Honors the University requires that students be admitted to Honors candidacy at least two semesters before graduation.)
A Junior Honors Seminar (MATH 3790) and a Senior Honors Tutorial (MATH 3791) are offered, both of which may be repeated for credit.
The requirements for graduation with Honors are: (1) completion of all requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a grade point average of 3.00 or above; (2) a grade point average of 3.25 or above in all mathematics, operations research and statistics courses and a GPA of 3.5 or above in all mathematics Honors courses; (3) completion of at least six hours of Senior honors tutorial (MATH 3791) with a GPA of 3.5 or above, culminating in an Honors thesis approved by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics; and (4) recommendation by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to the Honors Council that the student graduate with Honors.
Either the student or the department may withdraw the student from the Department Honors Program. If the date for dropping courses has passed when the student leaves the program, the student must complete any courses currently in progress in order to receive passing grades in the courses.