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Honors Program

Promising, qualified math majors are invited by the faculty to apply to the honors program in mathematics. Successful completion of the program is designated on the student's academic record and diploma.

To qualify, students must have:

  • Completed 19 or more units of University work
  • Earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Completed 3.5 or more units in mathematics courses at the level of MATH 235 or higher
  • Submitted a recommendation letter from a member of the mathematics faculty
  • Submitted an application to the program, working in conjunction with a faculty member to describe a topic and develop a plan for completing the thesis

To earn honors in mathematics, students must have successfully completed:

  • Two 300-level courses taken for honors credit
  • One year (2 units) of directed independent study, wherein the student works with one or more faculty members on a selected project
  • The presentation of an honors paper to the mathematics faculty as a culmination of the independent study (the paper must be accepted by the departmental committee)

If you have questions about the Honors Program in Mathematics, contact Dr. Van Nall.

Honors Program in Mathematical Economics

In order to be eligible, students must have met the following qualifications:

  • Completion of at least 18 units of coursework, not including courses in which the student is currently enrolled
  • Overall GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Completion of at least four units within the major, excluding courses primarily for first-year students (MATH 211, 212, 231, 232; ECON 101, 102), with a cumulative GPA in all such courses of at least 3.3

The student will select a willing faculty member to serve as lead advisor for the project. Together they find a second faculty member to serve as consultant. One faculty member should be from economics and one from mathematics.

The student and lead advisor will plan the student's honors program. The student and advisor will plan four units of coursework in support of the honors topic. Two of these units will be MATH 340 Directed Independent Study or ECON 490-491 Honors Seminar/Research, depending on the department of the lead advisor. These courses are used to prepare the honors thesis. The remaining two units will be selected from the regular curriculum with an additional honors component; one unit will be from upper-level economics and one unit from upper-level mathematics. These courses will be chosen with an eye towards maximizing the student's ability to produce a quality honors thesis.

A completed honors thesis will be read and approved by a committee of at least three readers, including the lead and consulting advisors, and will be presented to the faculty in both departments. 

If you have questions about the Honors Program in Mathematical Economics, contact Dr. Kathy Hoke.