Graduating With Honors

There are three main types of Honors programs available to students: Baccalaureate Honors (CALS and CLAS), Honors Scholar Certificate Program(CALS only) and the UF Scholars Program (CALS and CLAS). Often, students participate in more than one program simultaneously. All of these honors programs require a research thesis. A single thesis can serve for baccalaureate, honors certificate and UF Scholars programs. CALS offers an Honors Scholar Certificate Program; whereas, CLAS does not. However, for CLAS (and CALS) students, the UF Scholar Program is available.

  • Baccalaureate Honors has the traditional ranks of Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude. Baccalaureate Honors are designated on the transcript and are signified at the graduation ceremony with ribbons. Baccalaureate Honors requirements are set by the Department (Microbiology & Cell Science). One is said to “graduate with honors” if the baccalaureate honors requirements are met.
  • CALS Honors Scholar Certificate Program is administered by the college and has requirements that are somewhat different from baccalaureate honors. Recipients of the CALS Honors Scholar program receive certificates, but it is not indicated on the transcript per se. However, honors sections for specific courses are designated on the transcript.
  • UF Scholars Program is open to all UF students. This program limited to 200 students and carries a stipend of $2,500 and $500 for research materials.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Research Contact

Dr. Joe Larkin III
Chair of Honors Thesis Review Committee

CALS Honors Scholar Certificate Program Contact

Matthew Brannan
Program Assistant CALS Honors Program

Submission of Final Approved Thesis for all Honors Programs

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Students

Matthew Brannan
Program Assistant CALS Honors Program

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Students

Linda O’Donnell