Upper Division Honors Programs

The step-by-step process for achieving Upper Division Honors

Notated on the transcript, Upper Division Honors Distinction supports and includes the senior thesis project. Programs vary by major, so consult individual departments for requirements beyond those listed below.

  1. Review the baseline requirements for Upper Divison Honors. In majors without established Upper Division programs, the baseline requirements should be followed.

    Baseline Requirements:
    • 12 hours of 3000/4000-level Honors coursework, including 3-6 thesis hours
    • Senior honors thesis or capstone project
    • 3.5 cumulative and LSU GPA
    • 3.5 GPA in Upper Division program courses
  1.  Learn the requirements of your Upper Division Program.
    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 should be followed.
  2. Declare your plans with the honors college by filling out the Upper Division declaration form in the OH!Portal. 
  3. Schedule an appointment with the Upper Division Academic Advisor if you have questions. 

Appointments to meet with the Ogden Honors College advising staff should be made through the Navigate app (iOS/Apple/Android) or through the Navigate website.

Established UDH Programs by Department 

In majors without established Upper Division programs, the baseline requirements (above) should be followed.

Hours Required
15

Course Requirements

  • 9 hours of upper level courses in Accounting with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
15

Course Requirements

  • AGEC 4203, AGEC 4273, and AGEC 4433; each taken with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 400

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • Two courses with Honors Options from the following list:
  • ANSC 4005, 4009, 4018, 4040, 4043, 4045, 4050, 4051, 4060, 4080, 4094
  • Plus, 6 hours of thesis research: two semesters of HNRS 4000

Additional Rules
To achieve distinction in the Upper Division Honors Program in Animal Sciences a student must:

  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.33 or higher during the Junior and Senior years
  • Complete at least 12 semester hours of Honors Options in courses from the list above, to include 6 hours of thesis, with a grade no lower than 'B' in each

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Department Contact
Dr. Cathleen Williams

Hours Required
12-18

Course Requirements

  • Two upper level courses in Architecture with Honors Option or Honors ARCH Studio courses
  • Two semesters of thesis (may incorporate senior portfolio)

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
13-15

Course Requirements
 Biological Engineering

  • BE 3320, BE 3340, & BE 4303 with Honors Options
  • BE 4290 & BE 4292 with Honors Options can serve as thesis

*HNRS 4000 may be utilized for thesis instead but student must seek approval from department prior to enrollment


Thesis Courses Available

  • BE 4290
  • BE 4292
  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
16-18

Course Requirements

Biological Sciences

  • BIOL 4087 or BIOL 4093 with Honors Option
  • One course each from three of the four areas of approved Biological Sciences electives with Honors Option
  • Minimum of 4 credit hours (2 credit hours each semester) of BIOL 3999 with Honors Option for thesis 

Biochemistry

  • BIOL 4093 and BIOL 4094, 4001 with Honors option
    One course chosen from either Group 1 or 2 approved Biochemistry electives with Honors Option
  • Minimum of 4 credit hours (2 credit hours each semester) of BIOL 3999 with Honors Option for thesis

Microbiology


  • BIOL 4087 or BIOL 4093 with Honors Option
    BIOL 4110 or BIOL 4246 with Honors Option
  • Two additional courses chosen from approved Microbiology electives with Honors Option
  • Minimum of 4 credit hours (2 credit hours each semester) of BIOL 3999 with Honors Option for thesis

Additional Rules
The student must apply for the Honors Program at or before the beginning of the Junior year. A written application to the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies must be approved by the Department of Biological Sciences, the College of Science Dean's Office, and the Honors College. The student must complete all core and required courses in the major with a grade of 'B' or better in each course.

Thesis Courses Available

  • BIOL 3999
  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
15

Course Requirements

  • Three courses with Honors Option from FIN 3715, ISDS 3115, MGT 3200, MGT 3830, or MKT 3401
  • Two Semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • 6 hours of upper level courses in Chemistry with Honors Option
  • 6 hours of CHEM 3900 with Honors Option for thesis

Thesis Courses Available

  • CHEM 3900

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • 6 hours with Honors Option from the following list:
  • CMST 3012, 3060, 3106, 3107, 4012, 4100, 4107, 4113, 4114, 4118, 4160, 4165, 4166, or 4167
  • Plus, 6 hours of thesis: two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • Two CSC 4000 level courses with Honors Option 
    CSC 3991 & CSC 3992 (departmental honors thesis courses)

Additional Rules
The student must take a minimum of 12 semester hours of honors courses at the 3000 level or above with a 3.5 overall average for these courses, with no grade lower than a 'B'. These 12 hours must be courses in the Department of Computer Science.

Thesis Courses Available

  • CSC 3991
  • CSC 3992

Hours Required
15

Course Requirements

  • 9 hours of upper level courses in Economics with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • 6 hours of upper level courses in major with Honors option
    AND
  • EITHER Design Project Thesis, which includes Senior design with Honors Option & HNRS 4000, as extension of one semester design project OR Scholarly Paper Thesis Format, which includes two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • Senior Design
  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • Successfully complete 6 hours of Honors or Honors Option coursework at the 3000 or 4000 level, at least 3 hours of which must be at the 4000 level
  • Complete two semesters of thesis, either ENGL 3000 or HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • ENGL 3000
  • HNRS 4000

Department Contact
Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English

Hours Required
15

Course Requirements

  • 9 hours of upper level courses in Finance with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

Latin

  • 6 hours of 4000 level or above in Latin with Honors Option
    Two semesters of HNRS 4000 

Additional Rules
The student must complete at least 12 semester hours of Latin courses at the 4000 level or above and attain a 3.5 overall average for these courses with no grade lower than a 'B'. These courses must be taken as honors courses under the Honors Option Contract.

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

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

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • HIST 3117, 3118, or 3119 with Honors Option
  • Three hours of upper level courses in History with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

Child & Family Studies

  • 6 hours with Honors Option from the following list: HUEC 3055, 3056, 3060, 3065, 4051, 4062, 4064, or 4065
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Nutritional Sciences

  • 6 hours with Honors Option from the following list: HUEC 3115, 3116, 4110, 4111, or 4114
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Textiles, Apparel, & Merchandising

  • 6 hours with Honors Option from the following list"
    HUEC 3032, 3034, 4044, 4071 (or 4072), 4034, or 4046
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
15

Course Requirements

  • 9 hours of upper level courses in Information Systems & Decisions Sciences with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Additional Rules
To receive the Upper Division Honors Distinction, students must complete the program of study as described above, fulfill all requirements of the Honors College, and complete all degree requirements of the E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration with an overall LSU grade point average of at least 3.5, with no grade lower than a 'B' in any honors course.

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

  • Additional Rules
    Students should first declare their interest in graduating with Honors to the Associate Director of International Studies and to the Upper Division Academic Advisor in the Honors College, the latter via the Upper Division Declaration Form.
  • Students should commence the Upper Division Honors program in their junior year and should be at least three semesters away from graduation.
  • Students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to begin the Honors program. They are also required to maintain a GPA of 3.5 while enrolled in the program.
  • At least 12 hours of Honors work must be conducted in International Studies. 6-9 hours should be in upper-level International Studies courses taken as Honors Options and 3-6 in thesis hours. International Studies courses are defined as classes that count towards the regional and global concentrations. Some of these courses may not be listed on the student's degree audit but may be considered as International Studies classes following a degree substitution approved by an International Studies Advisor.
  • Students will have the option of completing their thesis in one or two semesters. The length of the thesis will be determined in consultation with the thesis director.
    The thesis (or "examining") committee will consist of three faculty members. A minimum of two members of the committee, including the thesis director, should be from International Studies. The thesis committee should also include faculty from at least two different departments.

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12-24

Course Requirements

  • Two upper level courses in Landscape Architecture with Honors option
  • Thesis may incorporate Senior Design project with Honors Option

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements
Art History

  • 6 hours of upper level courses in Art History with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Additional Rules
Students completing their sophomore year with a GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible for admission to the Upper Division Honors Program in Art History. Students should apply for admission at or before the beginning of the junior year to the Art History Coordinator.

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • Take 6 hours from MGT 3320, 3513, or 4620  with the Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
15

Course Requirements

  • 9 hours of upper level courses in Marketing with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • 12 hours of upper level courses in Mass Communication (Honors course or any with Honors Option), including thesis hours

Thesis Courses Available

  • MC 4999
  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • 6 hours of Mathematics 3000-4000 level coursework  with Honors Option with a "B" or better.
  • Any 7000 level Mathematics course can substitute for one of the above (no Honors Option is necessary for a 7000 level course)
  • 6 hours of thesis with a Pass ("P") grade: Either MATH 4999 with Honors Option & HNRS 4000 or two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • MATH 4999
  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • 6 hours of upper level courses in Mechanical Engineering with Honors Option AND
  • EITHER Design Project Thesis formats, which includes 2 semesters of Senior Design with Honors Option (this choice may require additional Honors Options to ensure the 12 hour minimum required) OR Research Paper Thesis Format, which includes two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • Senior Design
  • ME 3903
  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • Two courses from the following list with Honors Option1, 2 or others by approval of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts:  MUS 4712, 4718, 4719, 4720, 4721, 4722 or 4723
  • 6 hours of MUS 30003 or MUS 39974 for thesis
    The project described therein may be any of the following:
    • A recital in addition to the normal required senior recital (this option requires a written component).
    • A musical composition, which goes beyond the scope of the normal degree requirements, as determined by the composition faculty (this option still requires a written component).
    • A thesis on a topic approved by the student's major professor.

Additional Rules

  • Students are responsible for completing the “Honors Option” paperwork with the Honors College.
  • Students may inquire about adding Honors Option to other courses within the department, as well as taking graduate level Musicology/Theory courses in place of the required courses listed. Contact Amy Smith (asmith10@lsu.edu) and Dr. Inessa Bazayev (ibazayev@lsu.edu) for further information.
  • MUS 3000 is an independent study with an academic faculty member in Theory, Musicology, or Music Education.
  • MUS 3997 is an independent study with an applied faculty member (any member of the performance faculty).

Thesis Courses Available

  • MUS 3000
  • MUS 3997
  • HNRS 4000

Department Contact

  • Dr. Inessa Bazayev

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements
Philosophy

  • 6 hours of courses in Philosophy with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

Astronomy

  • 6 hours of 4000 level courses in major with Honors Option
  • ASTR 4997 with Honors Option & HNRS 4000 for thesis

Physics

  • 6 hours of 4000 level courses in major with Honors Option
  • PHYS 4991 and PHYS 4399 with Honors Option OR PHYS 4398 and PHYS 4399 with Honors Option

Thesis Courses Available

  • ASTR 4997
  • HNRS 4000
  • PHYS 4398
  • PHYS 4399 (final semester only)
  • PHYS 4991

Hours Required
14

Course Requirements
Environmental Management Systems

  • Fall semester Junior Year: AGRO Honors 4055 or AGRO 4058 with Honors Option
  • Spring semester Junior Year: HNRS 4000 for thesis
  • Fall semester Senior Year: HNRS 4000 for thesis
  • Spring semester Senior Year: AGRO Honors 4056 or AGRO 4052 with Honors Option

Additional Rules
 In order to graduate with Upper Division Honors in Environmental Management Systems the student would have to maintain a 3.33 GPA after sophomore year, both overall and in EMS courses, with no grade lower than a 'B' in any honors course after sophomore year.

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • 6 hours of Honors credit in Political Science at the 3000-4000 level, either through Honors Option or Honors POLI courses.  
  • Students will be expected to enroll in POLI 3809, which will be offered at least once each academic year.  

Additional Rules
To enter the Honors Program a student must have a 3.3 average overall and a 3.5 average in political science. Honors students' course distribution within political science will follow the established course distribution for regular departmental majors except that the distribution must include at least one course in each of the four fields of the discipline. 

Thesis Courses Available

  • POLI 4998
  • POLI 4999
  • HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • Fall semester Junior year: HNRS 3000
  • Spring semester Junior year: PSYC 4999 with Honors Option
  • Fall semester Senior year: HNRS 4000 for thesis
  • Spring semester Senior year: HNRS 4000 for thesis

Additional Rules
During the second semester of the Sophomore year, the student will apply for admission to the Psychology Honors Program.

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000

Department Contact
Professor Janet McDonald

Hours Required
12

Additional Rules

  • An honors seminar in academic discipline or an Honors Option in academic discipline
  • Secondary methods course with Honors option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Thesis Courses Available
HNRS 4000

Hours Required
12

Course Requirements

  • 6 hours of upper level courses in Sociology with Honors Option
  • Two semesters of HNRS 4000

Additional Rules
After the Sophomore year, achieve a GPA of at least a 3.5 on both LSU and overall academic work, with no grade lower than a 'B' in any honors course.

Thesis Courses Available

  • HNRS 4000