Honors in Science

Honors in Science is a research based program that prepares students in subjects in the College of Science to excel in future endeavors be they graduate school or outside of academe. As such, the program requires the student to take honors courses from a number of departments within the college so as to broaden their honors experience beyond their major.

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Course Requirements:

Students must complete all the requirements for their major in the College of Science. The courses completed for their degree must include at least 28 hours as follows:

  1. 16 hours of honors courses in the College of Science but not in the student's home department, 100 level or above,
  2. 6 honors hours in 300 level or higher courses, from any department at TAMU,
  3. 491H requirements - 6 hours for Chemistry, Biology and Physics majors, with the following exceptions,
    1. Math majors must take all 6 required hours of 491H in math unless they are double‐majoring, in which case hours may be in College of Science departments.
    2. Biology majors may take all or some of their required 491H honors hours in related departments subject to departmental approval by the department of Biology.
    3. With the exceptions stated above, all 491H hours must be in the same department. If a student is a double major, the student may choose either major in which to do the research.
  4. At least 12 honors credits must be in courses other than 491H or 485H.

Grade Requirements for Current Students:

  1. a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5,
  2. a grade point average of at least 3.25 and no grade lower than a B in the above required honors hours,
  3. no grade of F* (F earned due to cheating) on the transcript.

Requirements for Incoming Freshman:

  1. must be top 10% (except for math majors),
  2. Have a combined SAT Math and Critical Reading score of at least 1250 (1360 - New SAT) with a minimum of 600 (620 - New SAT) on Math and 600 (660 EBRW - New SAT) on Critical Reading or an ACT Combined of 30 with a minimum of 27 on both English and Math.

Exception: Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics require 700 on Math and 500 on Critical Reading with a total of at least 1250 with any class rank.


  1. A maximum of 12 Advanced Placement (AP) hours may be used in the completion of the requirements for Honors in Science.

Requirements to be in "good standing" in the Science Honors Program:

All incoming honors eligible students as defined above are temporarily accepted into the College of Science Honors program. In order to continue to be part of the program, each first year student must have at least a 3.5 GPA, and continue to register for an appropriate honors course(s) to progress through towards the Honors Program. Students beyond first years may enter the program by having at least a 3.5 GPA and making progress towards earning the program requirements.

Removal from the College of Science Honors Program:

Each semester, any student who does not have at least a 3.5 GPA will be evaluated for continuance in the program. If they have less than a 3.0 GPA or cannot raise their GPA to at least 3.5 in the next semester, they will be dropped from the program and from any honors courses for which they have registered. Otherwise they will be dropped or put on probation depending on extenuating circumstances.

Planned honors course work and proposed semester course is to be completed. This information is required to complete application:

Addtionally, honors students schedules will be checked each semester against scheduled honors course on their application. Failure to follow the plan, without an approved appeal, will result in removal from the program.

  • 16 honors hours in the College of Science but not in their major department:
  • Course Name Semester
    1 __________________ __________________
    2 __________________ __________________
    3 __________________ __________________
    4 __________________ __________________
  • 6 honors hours 300 or above:
  • Course Name Semester
    5 __________________ __________________
    6 __________________ __________________
  • 6 hours 491H
  • Course Name Semester
    7 491H __________________

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