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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Graduating With Honors


You do not have to participate in the CALS Honors Program to graduate from the University of Florida with Honors.

Graduating with Honors from UF requires only the following:

  • Cum laude (with honors) - a 3.5 minimum upper-division GPA
  • Magna cum laude (with high honors) - a 3.75 minimum upper-division GPA, PLUS an Honors Thesis. You are not required to sign up for honors research credits (XXX 4915). If you need the credits, you can sign up for 1-3 credits of XXX4915. At a minimum the University would like you to sign up for the zero credit XXX 4915 every term you are conducting research.
  • Summa cum laude (with highest honors) - a 3.85 minimum upper-division GPA PLUS an Honors Thesis. You are not required to sign up for honors research credits (XXX 4915). If you need the credits, you can sign up for 1-3 credits of XXX4915. At a minimum the University would like you to sign up for the zero credit XXX 4915 every term you are conducting research.

However, students who complete the CALS Honors Program will graduate from UF magna cum laude or summa cum laude automatically, since the CALS Honors Program requirements exceed the UF and CALS requirements.

See the UF Honors website for more details on graduating with honors and honors theses at the University of Florida.

Special note for Microbiology and Cell Science students:
Your department has special course requirements to graduate magna or summa cum laude (in addition to the thesis and GPA requirements noted above). Please see the Microbiology and Cell Science Department web site.

Be sure to double check with your departmental for any additional requirements.