Form to register to graduate with honors.
The Department of Mathematical & Statistical
Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver offers a Bachelor of Science
degree with Honors. This distinction may be earned in any of the options of the
undergraduate program. The requirements for graduation with honors are listed
The candidate must have at least a 3.2 overall grade
point average for the last 60 credit hours taken at UCD.
The candidate must have at least a 3.5 average in
all upper division Mathematics courses taken at UCD.
The candidate must complete an Honors Project.
The Honors Project involves an individual research effort that demonstrates a
depth of mathematical knowledge, critical and/or creative thinking, and
proficiency in communicating mathematics.
The student must write a report summarizing the project and must also
give an oral presentation about the project.
The project will be evaluated by a committee of two full-time faculty
members, one of whom may also be the student’s advisor on the project.
The student must complete the form linked above
with a supervising full-time faculty member of the Department of Mathematical
& Statistical Sciences who
certifies that the requirements for honors have been completed. The form is also signed by both members of
the student’s project evaluation committee. When this form is completed, it
must be given to the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee so that the CLAS
advising office can be properly notified in time.
Completion of the above minimal requirements
shall automatically qualify the candidate for honors at the Cum Laude level.
Higher Honors: An honors candidate who satisfies the above
requirements with an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a grade
point average of 3.7 or higher in all upper division mathematics courses taken
at UCD, may also qualify for honors at the level of Magna Cum Laude or Summa
Cum Laude. To qualify for Magna Cum
Laude, in addition to satisfying the criteria listed above, the candidate
should have exhibited a special fervor for mathematics. Normally this would be
manifested by an outstanding Honors Project and by vigorous activity in the
life of the department outside the usual classroom setting. This may include
attending and participating in
seminars, serving as an officer in the Math Club, participating at a distinguished level in one
of the contests (Modeling, Putnam, etc.) in which our students compete, and/or presenting
a student paper at a meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA or some
other professional organization.
The supervising faculty member should bring to
the attention of the Undergraduate Committee any candidate who might qualify
for this higher level of honor. If the Undergraduate Committee concurs, it will
send a recommendation to this effect to the entire department for final
Occasionally there will be a student who clearly
qualifies for honors at the Magna Cum Laude level, but for whom this level of
honor does not seem sufficient. Perhaps the honors project results in a
publishable paper. In some way, such a candidate should clearly stand out above
the rest. The distinction of graduation with honors at the level of Summa Cum Laude is designed for such a
student. This level of honor should be bestowed only infrequently, certainly
not at every graduation and almost never twice in the same semester.
a recommendation from the Undergraduate Committee for honors at the level of
Magna Cum or Summa Cum Laude is brought to the Department as a motion, a vote
will be taken and such a motion must be passed by a two-thirds majority of
those voting at the meeting.