Opportunities for Students in
College of Natural Sciences
Majors who plan to seek special honors in
biology should apply to the honors advisor, Dr. Ruth Buskirk, email@example.com, for
admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of their senior
year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point
average in biology of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The
requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to
the requirements of the major, are (1) Biology 679H or two semesters of
Biology 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; (2) a thesis or presentation based on
original research and approved by the supervising faculty member and the
honors advisor; honors students in the Human Biology option must select both
a thesis supervisor and a second reader, one of whom must be a tenure-track
faculty member or senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences; (3)
a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average
in biology of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at
least sixty semester hours of coursework to be counted toward the degree.
majors who have completed BIO 325 (Genetics) and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all
Biology courses taken at UT are eligible to become members of Beta
Beta Beta (Tri-Beta), the Biological Sciences Honor Society. Eligible
students receive an invitation at the beginning of each semester sent to
their local address, so students interested in joining Tri-Beta are advised
to keep their local address up-to-date!
College of Natural Sciences Honors
The Dean's Scholars program is the honors program for the College of
Natural Sciences. Visit their website for more information:
semester, undergraduates who complete a full course load and earn
outstanding grades are recognized by inclusion on the University Honors
list. Each time a student is included on the list, his or her official
record also shows the award of University Honors for that semester. The list
is compiled at the end of the fall and spring semesters but not at the end
of the summer session. To be included, a student must earn at least 45 grade
points and a grade point average of at least 3.50 on courses completed in
residence and must have no incomplete grades (symbol X). Credit by exam,
correspondence, or extension coursework do not count towards honors. This
program replaced the College of Natural Sciences Deanís Honors List.
with University Honors
be eligible to graduate with University honors, an undergraduate must have
completed at least sixty hours at the University of Texas at Austin.
Graduation with University honors is based on the average of all grades
earned in courses taken at the University, whether the courses were passed,
failed, or repeated. Courses taken pass/fail are counted in the sixty-hour
minimum, but only letter grades (including Fís in pass/fail courses) are
used to determine the grade point average.
faculty of each college or school determines the percentage of the
graduating class of that division to receive honors (cum laude), high honors
(magna cum laude), and highest honors (summa cum laude), and the minimum
grade point average for each category, subject to the following
No more than 20 percent of the graduating class of each college or school
may receive honors, high honors, and highest honors. No more than 10
percent of the class may receive high honors and highest honors. No more
than four percent may receive highest honors.
Honors graduates must have a University grade point average of at least
For additional information, go to http://cns.utexas.edu/honors-scholarship.