In Spring 2009, the Arts and Sciences Council approved an expansion of the Graduation with Distinction program beyond Distinction in the major to permit qualified students to undertake a thesis or other substantive project worthy of Distinction in an area outside that of the major (or Program II).
A 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in major are required to participate in the thesis program.
Students must also be approved by their academic department and the Honors College to participate.
The total amount of work required for a thesis should be roughly equivalent to six hours of coursework (250-300 clock hours).
You will sign up for a total of six credit hours (33) for your thesis.
2) Completion of a thesis, research project, or some other approved body of original work, which is submitted for evaluation according to the rules of the UF Honors Office, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, and the student’s major department The requirement for “cum laude” is solely based on having a 3.30 or higher upper division GPA.
Therefore, a student with above a 3.5 or 3.8 upper division GPA who chooses not to undertake a thesis may still graduate cum laude (= with honors).
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The Graduation with Distinction program recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence through the successful completion of a substantive written project evaluated by a committee of three faculty members.
While two candidates for graduation with distinction might, for example, work in the same laboratory and hence on related thesis topics, the thesis project is expected to be the work of each individual and evaluated separately by an appropriate committee of three faculty member.