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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.

Geology & Geophysics

Hours Required


Course Requirements

  • 6 hours of 3000-4000 level GEOL coursework with Honors Option
  • 6 hours of thesis coursework using GEOL 3909 with Honors Option (3 hours) and GEOL 3999 with Honors Option (3 hours)

Additional Rules

The student must apply for admission into the Upper Division Program through the Department of Geology & Geophysics and the College of Science.

Thesis Courses Available

GEOL 3909, GEOL 3999