At UF there are three levels of honors distinction; cum laude, magna cum laude (high), and summa cum laude (highest).
A minimum upper-level GPA of 3.5 is all that is required to receive the cum laude distinction. For the high and highest distinctions you must accomplish undergraduate research and write a thesis.
If you are a biology major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences you are required to have a minimum upper-level GPA of 3.5 and complete the equivalent of six credit hours of undergraduate research. The high or highest distinction is determined by recommendation from your thesis supervisor, confirmation by faculty on the Biology Major Executive Committee (BMEC), and the Undergraduate Coordinator.
If you are a biology major in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences you are required to have a minimum upper-level GPA of 3.75, register for undergraduate research and submit a thesis for the high distinction, or a minimum upper-level GPA of 3.85, register for undergraduate research and submit a thesis for the highest distinction.
In a nutshell writing a thesis requires that you first maintain a minimum 3.5 upper-level GPA, find a thesis or research supervisor who will mentor you in undergraduate research, submit a thesis proposal, complete the equivalent of two semesters of undergraduate research, work with your research supervisor to develop a thesis and then submit a final draft of your thesis along with the thesis submission form to the Biology Major, your college, and UF Libraries. The thesis must be a single author document written by the student.
The thesis proposal can be submitted as an informal email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the phrase “Honors Thesis Proposal” in the subject line. Please submit your proposal, the title, and a brief description of your project along with the name, departmental affiliation, phone number, and email address of your thesis supervisor, as well as your own UFID number. If you do not receive a confirming email within 1 business day, please call 352-273-0116 to inquire.
Biology Major and University Deadlines for Honors Theses
Deadlines for submission of thesis proposals and final thesis copies
|Graduation Semester||Thesis Proposal Due in Biology Major Office1||Final Copy of Thesis Due in Biology Major Office2||Thesis Due in UF Library3|
|Fall||June 8||October 28||December 21|
|Spring||Sept 28||March 27||May 4|
|Summer||Jan 28||July 17||August 10|
1Please submit proposal with title and brief description of project along with the name, departmental affiliation, email address, phone number of your thesis supervisor to email@example.com.
2Please submit thesis and thesis submission form as PDF attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. CLAS and CALS requires the submission of the “thesis submission form”, the Biology Major Office will submit this on your behalf.
3After distinction are sent, students are required to submit their work to the UF Library. Students will need to submit electronic copies of their thesis to IRManager@uflib.ufl.edu.
Comparison of honors requirements for BIO and BLY.
|Major||Distinction||Min. Upper Division GPA||Thesis||Research Credits||Notes|
|BIO (CLAS)||Laude||3.5||Not required||Not required|
|Magna||3.5||Required||6||Research credit hour requirement may be waived for students who have completed equivalent research hours as a volunteer. Thesis advisor recommends level of distinction to the Major.|
|Summa||3.5||Required||6||Research credit hour requirement may be waived for students who have completed equivalent research hours as a volunteer. Thesis advisor recommends level of distinction to the Major.|
|BLY (CALS)||Laude||3.5||Not required||Not required|
|BLY (CALS Honors)||Laude||Not offered||Not offered||Not offered|
|Magna||3.75||Required||3||ALS 3923 Honors Orientation and two upper-level course contracts required.
|Summa||3.85||Required||3||ALS 3923 Honors Orientation and two upper-level course contracts required.
Given the variety of journal styles within the broad field of life science the student is encouraged to inquire from her/his thesis advisor regarding the format and style the thesis should take. Most likely the advisor will recommend that you follow the Instructions to Authors from a life sciences journal.
To find the proposal and final thesis submission deadlines for BLY CALS students, click here for the BLY CALS Honors Program.