Graduating with Honors, High Honors and Highest Honors

Qualifications for the Honors Program

Students who have completed at least 135 units with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses counted towards their major are automatically admitted to the Honors Program. These students will be notified of their standing by the department before or at the beginning of the Fall quarter of their senior year.

Students in the Honors Program who meet the minimum GPA requirement and who complete a senior thesis may be recommended by the department for graduation with High Honors or Highest Honors. Recommendations will be based on evaluations of students' academic achievements in their major and the quality of their senior thesis.

A student who has completed a thesis and whose GPA satisfies the minimal requirements for graduation with High or Highest Honors will be assessed by the Undergraduate Research Committee (URC). The URC will then make a recommendation to the department. Note that maintaining a sufficiently high GPA does not guarantee the award of High or Highest Honors. The thesis must be of sufficient quality and originality to warrant these distinctions.

* The exact GPA requirements that are set by the College of Letters and Science are described in the UC Davis General Catalog (p.73 in the 2006-2008 catalog).

Graduating with Honors

To graduate with Honors, a student must

Graduating with High Honors

To graduate with High Honors, a student must

  • have a cumulative GPA that exceeds the College of Letters and Science GPA requirement. The GPA requirement is approximately 3.7.*
  • complete two quarters of Mathematics 199 and/or 194 for a total of at least 6 units of credit over two quarters.
  • complete a senior thesis of sufficient quality and substance to warrant High Honors.
  • be nominated for High Honors by the department. Nominations will be based on both course work in Mathematics and quality of the students' theses.

Graduating with Highest Honors

To graduate with Highest Honors, a student must

  • have a cumulative GPA that exceeds the College of Letters and Science GPA requirement. The GPA requirement is approximately 3.8.*
  • complete two quarters of Mathematics 199 and/or 194 for a total of at least 6 units of credit over two quarters.
  • complete a senior thesis of sufficient quality and substance to warrant Highest Honors.
  • be nominated for Highest Honors by the department. Nominations will be based on both course work in Mathematics and quality of the students' theses.

Where can I find examples of previous senior thesis projects?

You may access and read previous senior thesis projects here: Undergraduate Senior Thesis - Archived Submissions