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Process

  1. Learn the requirements of your Upper Division Program below.
  2. Declare your plans with the Honors College
  3. Have questions?  Schedule an appointment with the Upper Division Academic Advisor. 

 

Requirements

The baseline requirements for Upper Division Honors Distinction are:

  • 12 hours of 3000/4000-level Honors coursework, including 3-6 thesis hours
  • Honors Thesis Project
  • 3.50 cumulative and LSU GPA
  • 3.50 GPA in Upper Division program courses

Several major departments have designated specific programs of study for their Upper Division Programs beyond the baseline requirements for Upper Division Honors Distinction. Synopses of such departmental program requirements are listed below. Full requirements may be obtained directly from departments.  

In majors without established Upper Division programs, the baseline requirements (above) should be followed.

Biological Sciences

Hours Required

16-18

Course Requirements

Biological Sciences

  • BIOL 4087 or BIOL 4093 with Honors Option
  •  One course from three of the four areas of approved Biological Sciences electives with Honors Option
  • Minimum of 4 credit hours (2 credit hours each semester) of BIOL 3999 with Honors Option for thesis
 

Biochemistry

  • BIOL 4093 and BIOL 4094, 4001 with Honors option
  • One course chosen from either Group 1 or 2 approved Biochemistry electives with Honors Option
  • Minimum of 4 credit hours (2 credit hours each semester) of BIOL 3999 with Honors Option for thesis
 

Microbiology

  • BIOL 4087 or BIOL 4093 with Honors Option
  • BIOL 4110 or BIOL 4246 with Honors Option
  • Two additional courses chosen from approved Microbiology electives with Honors Option
  • Minimum of 4 credit hours (2 credit hours each semester) of BIOL 3999 with Honors Option for thesis

Additional Rules

  • The student must apply for the Honors Program at or before the beginning of the Junior year. A written application to the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies must be approved by the Department of Biological Sciences, the College of Science Dean's Office, and the Honors College.
  • The student must complete all core and required courses in the major with a grade of 'B' or better in each course.

Thesis Courses Available

BIOL 3999, HNRS 4000