Minor 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 minors who fulfill specific requirements, basically to take four mathematics honors courses and two science or engineering honors courses, can graduate with an Honors Minor in Mathematics designation on their transcripts. All honors classes taken at A&M for the honors minor in math will count towards Honors Fellows. (An Honors Major in Mathematics is also available.)

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 Mathematics Department is that honors students should be more intellectually curious, more motivated, and more independent than the average undergraduate.

Perks of being an Honors Mathematics Minor

Becoming an Honors Mathematics Minor

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. Any honors classes taken before declaring a mathematics minor may used to fulfill the program requirements.

Requirements to earn the transcript distinction of Honors Minor in Mathematics

Any student who has completed all of the requirements for a major in some field with a minor in mathematics is eligible for an Honors Minor in Mathematics. To receive the Honors Minor in Mathematics distinction the student must take 18 hours of honors coures at Texas A&M according to the following criteria:

  1. at least 3 hours in an honors mathematics course 100 level or above (however, honors Calculus I does not count towards the honors minor in mathematics distinction);
  2. additionally at least 6 hours in honors mathematics courses 300 level or above or 220H;
  3. additionally at least 3 hours in an honors mathematics course 400 level or above;
  4. additionally at least 6 hours in honors courses at Texas A&M, which can be taken in any department, including mathematics.


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 18 required honors hours;
  3. no grade of F* on the transcript.