Any of the degrees offered by the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science can be completed with honors, although the BS degrees in Atmospheric Sciences have slightly different requirements compared to the degrees in Geography. To complete a degree with honors students must fulfill the following requirements.
To be accepted as a candidate for honors, an undergraduate major must have completed at least 9 hours of upper-division credit in atmospheric science with a grade-point average of 3.5 in all atmospheric science courses and an overall average of at least 3.25. In addition, the program requires ATMO 499, an independent study course consisting of the creation of an honors paper. The student presents the results of this paper in an oral examination to a committee of a minimum of 2 faculty members, normally from the geography department, and chaired by the ATMO 499 supervisor. To graduate with honors, the student must complete the paper and the examination and maintain the 3.5 and 3.25 grade-point averages.