Honors

Departmental Honors

The Department of Genetics recognizes graduating students who have made outstanding academic achievements by awarding departmental honors. The department awards three types of departmental honors (see below) and these are awarded at the discretion of the Genetics Honors Committee. To be considered, students must meet all criteria for that type of honors and submit the honors request application by the deadline (April 1st of senior year).

The three types of departmental honors and their criteria are as follows:

  1. Genetics Honors- Research
    a. GPA requirement: a student must have attained, at the end of the junior year, a cumulative GPA ≥3.4 and a Genetics major GPA ≥3.4 (including prerequisites).
    b. Complete 6 or more credits of 01:447:408-409 Honors in Genetics
    c. Complete a total of 12 or more research credits (including the 6 credits of 01:447:408-409)
    d. Complete and defend a research thesis before a faculty committee (see Thesis Guidelines)
    e. Present at Honors Day
  2. Genetics Honors- Certificate Program
    a. GPA requirement: a student must have attained, by April 1st of senior year, a cumulative GPA ≥3.4 and a Genetics major GPA ≥3.4 (including prerequisites).
    b. Complete a departmental certification program (e.g., CompGen or Genetic Counseling)
    • The honors committee may award Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors.
  3. Genetics Honors- Coursework
    a. GPA requirement: a student must have attained, by April 1st of senior year, a cumulative GPA ≥3.4 and a Genetics major GPA ≥3.4 (including prerequisites).
    b. Register for and receive an A in the honors sections of both Genetic Analysis 1 and 2 (i.e., 01:447:384:H1 and 01:447:385:H1)
    • The honors committee may only award Honors for these students.

By April 1st, the student must formally apply to request consideration for Honors by completing the respective departmental honors form and submitting it through DocuSign.

Genetics Honors- Research Application Form
Due to these extenuating circumstances, if you are completing an Honors Thesis, your evaluation application will be submitted directly to your thesis committee. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Genetics Honors- Certificate Program Form


Genetics Honors- Coursework Application Form