Honors Core Courses
In order to graduate with honors, Schreyer Honors College students majoring in mathematics must complete the following:
- The general requirements for the major as specified in the Undergraduate Bulletin
- The honors thesis (MATH 494H)
- Eight MATH credits at the 300- or 400-level from the following list with a grade of B or better in each course, and with a grade point average of at least 3.40 for those courses with the three best grades:
- MATH 311M (fall)
- MATH 312H (spring)
- MATH 403H (fall)
- MATH 436H (spring)
- MATH 455H (fall)
- MATH 490H (spring)
- Honors option core courses at the 300- or 400-level. See the Honors Courses and Options page for a description
- Any 500-level math course counts toward this requirement
Students generally are not required to suggest their own thesis topics, but rather generate one by working with the faculty. Most students start working on their thesis project with their potential research mentor in the spring semester of their junior year. There are format requirements for the Honors thesis – consult the www.shc.psu.edu http://www.shc.psu.edu web site for templates. There are no fixed requirements for the thesis (such as page length, having to have a publication arising from the research, etc.) Copies of all recent SHC theses are available on-line and can be sorted by name or department area of honors – see https://honors.libraries.psu.edu/search/.
The Department of Mathematics regularly offers honors sections of 100-level and 200-level courses. These courses are recommended for honors students in mathematics.
For answers to questions regarding this program, please contact Dr. Victoria Sadovskaya, the Interim Honors Director for the Department of Mathematics.