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The Honors Degree

Special Programs

The Second Degree and Double Major Plans

UTA offers several attractive options for completing an undergraduate second degree or double major plan. If you are seeking a second degree or double major, you will need to decide which major will serve you for your thesis preparation. In rare circumstances, the Honors thesis work may span both majors and entail substantial integration of the major areas. To do this, you will need to obtain written permission from each degree plan advisor in order to earn an Honors degree in each major, and you will need to find a thesis director willing and able to mentor you in each area.

If a student wishes to be awarded two Honors degrees, an Honors Senior Project must be completed for both degrees.

Dual Degree Plans (Bachelors and Masters)

Some departments offer a dual degree plan that entails completing the Bachelors degree with a Masters degree in five (5) years. Dual degree programs offer you the opportunity to accelerate your educational plan. The Honors Thesis will serve you well as you make the transition from undergraduate to graduate study; the Honors Thesis option may even inspire your Master thesis or graduate degree plan. If you are planning to enroll in a dual degree program, it is important to consult with both your undergraduate (major and Honors) and graduate degree plan advisors on the appropriate course of study. Graduate courses may count toward the fulfillment of Honors credit hour requirements. An Honors Degree will be awarded only for the Bachelors degree.

The McNair Program

The McNair Scholars program at UTA strives to provide experiences that prepare undergraduate students for doctoral study and the professoriate. The McNair program supports undergraduates who are low-income, first-generation college students and/or students from minority groups who are underrepresented in graduate programs. Through the research methods course and a summer research fellowship, McNair students may potentially fulfill the requirements for the Honors Senior Project course. The Honors oral competency requirement must be fulfilled through the Honors Research Symposium (HRS), held each semester.

Pre-Med Programs

To complement the Pre-Med curriculum, students may elect to earn Honors degrees concurrently with their majors. The Honors College offers interdisciplinary coursework in small-class settings, enrichment and service learning opportunities, and the Research Thesis/Creative Project, all of which add rigor and individuality to any degree plan. In addition to those special opportunities, medical and dental schools look favorably on student applicants who complete Honors degrees. For more information about Pre-Med studies at UT Arlington, refer to the College of Science Health Professions website.

Honors coursework can be incorporated easily into Biology and Chemistry degrees, as well as into the 7-year Dual B.S./ D.O. degree and traditional 4-year Pre-Med programs.

Sample Honors / Pre-Med Degree Plans

4-Year B.S. in Biology: Pre-Med Option

Freshman Year
Fall SemesterSpring Semester
HONR 2300-H (Literature)
BIOL 1441-H
CHEM 1301-H
MATH 1325
HIST 1311
EXSA
Literature
BIOL 1442-H
CHEM 1302-H
CHEM 1284-H
MATH 1426
EXSA
Sophomore Year
CHEM 2321/2181
BIOL 1450
BIOL 2343
BIOL 3305
POLS 2311
CHEM 2322/2182
BIOL 2300
BIOL 3315
HIST 1312
POLS 2312
Junior Year
BIOL Diversity (4 hrs.)
BIOL 3442
PHYS 1441
SPCH 3302
EXSA
BIOL Diversity (4 hrs.)
BIOL 3452
PHYS 1442
HONR 3390-H (Research)
EXSA
Summer
HONR 4344: Honors Service Learning-H
Senior Year
Social Cultural
CHEM 4311
BIOL 4393-H (Thesis)
ADV BIOL
Fine Art
CHEM 4312
ADV BIOL
Honors Seminar/Elective

In addition, students must take one junior or senior level BIOL course of their choice for Honors credit. The Honors Thesis must be presented at the Honors Research Symposium (HRS) to complete the Honors degree requirements.

4-Year B.S. in Biochemistry: Pre-Med Option

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
HONR 2300-H (Literature)
BIOL 1441-H
CHEM 1301-H
MATH 1325
Computer Competency
EXSA
Liberal Arts Elective (3 hrs.)
BIOL 3444
CHEM 1302-H
CHEM 1284-H
MATH 1426
EXSA
Sophomore Year
CHEM 2321/2181
PHYS 1443-H
MATH 2325
Fine Art
Social Science
CHEM 2322/2182
PHYS 1444-H
MATH 2326
CHEM 2335
CHEM 2285
Junior Year
CHEM 4311
HIST 1311
CHEM 3321/3181
BIOL 3312 or 3315 or 3333
HONR 3390-H (Research)
EXSA
CHEM 4312
HIST 1312
CHEM 3322/3182
BIOL 3312 or 3315 or 3333
CHEM 4242
EXSA
Summer
HONR 4344: Honors Service Learning-H
Senior Year
CHEM 4313
CHEM 4318
CHEM 4461
POLS 2311
CHEM 4381-H (Thesis)
CHEM 4314
CHEM 4316
POLS 2312
Honors Seminar/Electives (4 hrs.)

In addition, students must take one junior or senior level BIOL course of their choice for Honors credit. The Honors Thesis must be presented at the Honors Research Symposium (HRS) to complete the Honors degree requirements.