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Mathematics Honors Program

The Department of Mathematics offers an honors program for those students who have demonstrated excellence in the major. Successful completion of the honors program entitles the student to graduate with departmental honors (see Department Honors in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of the UCSD General Catalog). Application to the Mathematics Honors Program should be made at least two quarters prior to graduation.

Requirements for admission to the program are:

  1. Junior standing.
  2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. A GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher.
  4. Agreement from a Mathematics Department Professor to be your Mathematics Honors Program Advisor.
  5. Completion of MATH 109 (Mathematical Reasoning) or MATH 31CH (Honors Vector Calculus), and at least one of MATH 100A, 103A, 140A, or 142A. (Completion of additional major courses is strongly recommended.)

Applications to the program should be made the spring quarter before the student is at senior standing.

Completion of the program requires the following:

  1. At least one quarter of the student colloquium, MATH 196 (NOTE: MATH 196 is only offered in the fall and winter quarter.)
  2. The minimum 3.5 GPA in the major must be maintained.
  3. An Honors Thesis. The research and writing of the thesis will be conducted over at least two quarters of the junior/senior years under the supervision of your Mathematics Honors Program advisor. This research will be credited as eight to twelve units of MATH 199H. The completed thesis must be approved by the department's Honors Committee, and presented orally at the Undergraduate Research Conference or another appropriate occasion.
  4. Joint Math-Econ majors should consult the General Catalog for further requirements to the Mathematics Honors Program.

The department's Honors Committee will determine the level of honors to be awarded (Honors with Distinction, Honors with High Distinction, or Honors with Highest Distinction), based on the student's GPA in the major and the quality of the honors work.

If you meet the above requirements and would like to be considered for the Mathematics Honors Program, complete an application and email an electronic copy to with subject line "Honors Program".