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Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Departmental Honors

Students on Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 requirements PSY-HON

The department offers several special courses for outstanding students. Special courses, PSY-P 402 and PSY-P 499, for more advanced students, provide increasing involvement in special problems and research programs, terminating with an independent research project and an honors thesis.


  1. Honors Course Requirement. Two (2) semesters:
    • PSY-P 499 Honors Thesis Research
  2. Independent Laboratory Research Project. It is recommended that students begin the Independent Laboratory Research Project no later than spring of their junior year to allow adequate time for completion before graduation.
  3. Thesis. Successfully complete and defend a thesis based on laboratory research project.
  4. GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
    2. Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
    3. Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.

Exceptions to and substitutions for honors requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.