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Honors in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors should discuss possible research projects with a faculty member and/or the director of undergraduate studies (DUS), Prof. Daniel Horton early in their undergraduate career, but no later than spring quarter of their junior year. After the chosen faculty mentor approves a proposed project, research is conducted in part while enrolled in EARTH-399 courses. Students must take at least two 399s, but only one quarter of 399 counts toward the major requirements. To earn the honors distinction, students must complete a thesis following the guidance provided in the Honors Degree Guidelines and Thesis Style Guide.

Students whose grades, research, and written thesis meet departmental criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information, students should consult the Degree Guidelines and/or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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