Honors Program

Degree Description

During the spring semester of junior year, majors with a 3.5 GPA are considered for the Honors Program. The Undergraduate Committee selects from this group, based on the advice of the department faculty, those who have demonstrated the ability and promise to successfully complete the course and thesis requirements of the program. Invited students who wish to pursue honors then choose a thesis advisor and begin work on a research project that culminates in an Honors thesis, completed during senior year.

Recent honors graduates and theses


  1. Invitation by the department to join the program.
  2. Completion of BA or BS requirements in any of the department's major programs.
  3. Completion of an approved departmental graduate course.
  4. Submission and defense of a thesis, both of which are judged to be satisfactory by the thesis committee, by the College deadline.
  5. An overall GPA of 3.5

Course Preparation

To be considered for the Honors Program students are strongly urged to take the following courses in (or prior to) their junior year.

  • Mathematics Majors: at least one of the sequences Math 411/412 or Math 421/422 (formerly Math 323/324).
  • Applied Mathematics Majors: either the sequence Math 411/412 or both Math 315 & Math 321.
  • Computer Science Majors: CS 450, CS 425, or CS 378 no later than Fall of the Junior Year.

Important Notes for Honors

If students wish to satisfy the senior writing requirement with their Honors thesis, they must enroll for 4 hours of either Math 495 or CS 495.

The Honor Program Coordinator is Professor David Zureick-Brown. Students interested in this program are urged to discuss it with Professor Zureick-Brown as early as possible.

Kristen Majors, Emory's Science Librarian, has created a Math & Computer Science Honors Research Guide to assist students with their research and writing. Please see the link below for the guide
Research Guide