The Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences offers exceptional students the opportunity to graduate with Honors in Marine and Environmental Sciences.

Eligibility for Honors in Marine and Environmental Sciences includes:

  • A minimum GPA equal to 3.600.
  • Completion of a minimum of 8 SH of supervised, independent research with a faculty advisor.
    • The first 4 SH of research may be completed in any of the following courses: ENVR 4970 (Junior/Senior Honors Project 1), ENVR 4971 (Junior/Senior Honors Project 2), ENVR 4992 (Directed Study), ENVR 4993 (Independent Study), ENVR 5984 (Research), ENVS 4970 (Junior/Senior Honors Project 1), ENVS 4971 (Junior/Senior Honors Project 2), ENVS 4992 (Directed Study), ENVS 4993 (Independent Study), BIOL 4970 (Junior/Senior Honors Project 1), BIOL 4971 (Junior/Senior Honors Project 2), BIOL 4991 (Research), BIOL 4992 (Directed Study), or BIOL 4993 (Independent Study).
    • The second 4 SH MUST be completed by registration in ENVR 4970, ENVR 4971, BIOL 4970, BIOL 4971, ENVR 4997 (Senior Thesis) or ENVS 4997 (Senior Thesis) and completion of a thesis.
    • Students who use a combination of ENVR 4970, ENVR 4971, ENVR 4992, ENVR 4993, BIOL 4970, or BIOL 4971 to complete the requirement for Honors are allowed to substitute one of these courses for ENVR 4997.
    • Students completing the requirements for the final 4 SH must have senior standing.
  • Presentation of a thesis proposal to a committee composed of the student’s advisor and two additional faculty, only one of which may be from a department other than Marine and Environmental Sciences.
  • Submit and successfully defend a thesis before their committee at least one month prior to graduation.

Click here to complete the Honors in the Discipline Intention Form. This form will inform COS Undergraduate Student Services of your intentions to complete the Honors in the Discipline requirements.