Honors

Honors


The Honors Program in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)  is a great way for our students to challenge themselves and enhance their academic experience. Click on the following banners to learn more about the program; from the application process to graduating with Honors Research Distinction.

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Students may join the honors program in ENR one of two ways:

b Come into the university with honors standing 

b Request to join after establishing OSU GPA of 3.4 or higher based on 15 credit hours.  Students may apply during their second semester at OSU. 

In order to maintain honors standing students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher and make progress on all honors requirements by established deadlines.

 

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The ENR Honors program offers students two different tracks to choose from:

b Research Track (Thesis Option) -  The research track provides students an opportunity to engage in a research project under the direction of a faculty member, culminating in an honors thesis during the senior year.  Students must complete the following:

  l Obtain a commitment from a faculty research advisor by the end of autumn semester, second year

  l Honors study plan – to be completed with faculty research advisor by the end of the second year.  The study plan identifies the courses students will take for their major program of study.  Students must complete 6 credit hours of ENR 4999H, honors research.

  l Conduct, write and defend a research thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor.

b Curriculum Track – students have the option to pursue the curriculum track with a focus on rigorous course work and professional development.  Students must complete the following:
                                  
  l 6 honors or upper division courses (4000 level or above) by the end of the 3rd year.  At least half of the courses taken must be honors courses.  4000 level and above courses already being used to fulfill major requirements cannot fulfill this requirement.   Currently ENR offers two honors level courses and encourages all honors students to enroll:  ENR 3300E, Introduction to Forestry, Fisheries & Wildlife, and ENR 3470E, Religion and the Environment, both offered during spring semester.

  l ENR 1500, Career Development and Success, 1 credit hour

  l One of the following options:
       v Two approved graduate level classes (6000-level and above)
       v Completion of internship credit (ENR 4191).  Internship credit that is already being used to fulfill major requirements cannot count towards this option
       v Completion of 6 credits of ENR 4998 (faculty-directed undergraduate research)
       v EEDS majors only:  6 credits of AEDECON 4193 (faculty-directed individual studies)

 

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Students that successfully complete all requirements of the Honors Program graduate with one of the following distinctions: 

  b With Research Distinction – students that have completed the research track
  b With Honors – students that have completed the curriculum track

Requirements for all honors students include:

  l Fulfill all degree requirements

  l Overall cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher

  l Major GPA of 3.5 or higher

  l Curriculum Track:
        v Completion of 6 honors/upper division courses
        v Completion of ENR 1500
        v Completion of one of the following:   
              b Two approved graduate level classes (6000-level and above)
              b Completion of internship credit (ENR 4191).  Internship credit that is already being used to fulfill major requirements cannot count towards this option.
              b Completion of 6 credits of ENR 4998 (faculty-directed undergraduate research)
              b EEDS majors only:  6 credits of AEDECO4193 (faculty-directed individual studies)

   l Research Track:
         v Completion of all courses on Honors Study Plan including 6 hours of ENR 4999H
         v Successful defense and presentation of honors thesis
         v Approved honors thesis loaded to OSU Knowledge Bank

 

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Current Honors students should check Carmen for access to announcements, opportunities, deadlines, and honors related forms.