Major in Mathematics with Honors

Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University

Director of Math Honors Program: Matthew Papanikolas (Blocker 641H, papanikolas@tamu.edu)

What is an Honors Mathematics Program?

The Mathematics Department offers a variety of honors courses. Mathematics majors who fulfill specific requirements, basically to take seven honors mathematics courses, can graduate with Honors in Mathematics. (An Honors Minor in Mathematics is also available.) Other honors programs, with overlapping but different requirements, are Honors in Science and University Honors Fellows. All of the hours for Math honors will count toward College of Science Honors and those taken at A&M toward University Honors Fellow.

What is an honors course?

“Honors courses are intended to be more complex, not necessarily more difficult,” and “are expected to provide increased intellectual challenge through more sophisticated material, a higher level of intellectual engagement, and more responsibility for the learning process than would typically be expected in an undergraduate course,” according to the university. The philosophy of the Department of Mathematics is that honors students should be more intellectually curious, more motivated, and more independent than the average undergraduate.

Perks of being an Honors Mathematics Major

Becoming an Honors Mathematics Major

NOTE: Any student with at least a 3.5 GPA may take an honors class if there are seats available, but doing so does not, by itself, earn the student the Honors distinctions nor gain any of the perks listed below. Any honors classes taken before entering an Honors Program (e.g., Honors in Mathematics, College of Science Honors) can be used to fulfill the program requirements.

Remaining in the Honors Mathematics Program

  1. Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.
  2. Take at least one honors math class each academic year.

Students with under a 3.5 but high enough GPA to be over a 3.5 at the end of the next semester will be put on probation for one semester and removed from the program if they are under a 3.5 a second consecutive semester. To be reinstated into the Honors Mathematics Program, the student must meet all the requirements to become a mathematics honors student and be registered for an honors mathematics class in the semester in which reinstatement is requested from the Director of Honors Programs in Mathematics.

Exceptions to Rule 2 must be approved by the Director of the Honors Programs in Mathematics. A year-long study abroad program in which there is no opportunity to take an honors mathematics class is an example of an acceptable reason.

Requirements to earn the transcript distinction of Honors in Mathematics

In order to receive Honors in Mathematics, a mathematics major must complete all of the requirements for a BA or BS in Math or a BS in APMS of which 21 hours must be completed as follows:

  1. at least 3 hours in an honors mathematics course 100 level or above (honors Calculus I does not count toward the Honors in Mathematics distinction but does count toward the at least one honors math class each academic year),
  2. additionally at least 3 hours in an honors mathematics course 200 level or above,
  3. additionally at least 3 hours in an honors mathematics course 300 level or above,
  4. additionally at least 9 hours in honors mathematics courses 400 level or above,
  5. additionally at least 3 hours from one of the following:
    1. a graduate mathematics class other than 601, 695, 696
    2. Math 482H — Research Seminar in Mathematics
    3. Math 485H — Only when used for credit for an internship
    4. Math 491H — supervised research, supervised projects for business/industry or education, or honors credit for an REU.

NOTES:

For students starting at Texas A&M in Fall 2017 and later:

For students starting at Texas A&M before Fall 2017:

Eligible Mathematics Courses when offered; no guarantee that they will be:

Grade requirements at the time of graduation:

  1. a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5;
  2. a grade point average of at least 3.25 and no grade lower than a B in the 21 required honors hours;
  3. no grade of F* on the transcript.