The Honors Program is looking for:
Students entering the program as freshmen and sophomores are required to take at least 24 credits of honors general education courses. Upper-level students entering the program (juniors or seniors still requiring more than 30 credits to graduate) shall complete 12 credits in honors, selecting the courses from their major or using an honors contract to earn credits in electives. A grade of B or better is mandatory in courses in which honors credit is claimed.
Freshmen and sophomores in the program are required to complete honors general education courses in areas where they are offered. Freshmen selected for the program are required to take honors core courses unless placement tests militate against the enrollment. All students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3 to stay in the program as well as maintain their scholarships.
Students must take 24 honors credits to have "Honors Scholar" indicated on their transcripts. Most of these credits should be completed in the freshman and sophomore years through general education requirements.
Upper-level students entering the program (as juniors, or seniors still requiring more than 30 credits to graduate) shall complete 12 credits in honors, selecting courses in their major or using an honors contract to earn credits in electives. A grade of B or better is mandatory in courses in which honors credit is claimed. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.3 and fulfill all other requirements of the program to graduate with "Honors Scholar" on their transcripts.
Only STEM majors in the Honors Program may participate. There are two ways of gaining admission into the TOPS program.
TOPS scholars are expected to graduate in four years with a minimum GPA of 3.5/4. Each time a student's GPA drops below a 3.5, he/she will be placed on probation for one semester. Failure to correct the deficiency by the end of the semester will result in dismal from the program.
Our students have diverse skills, interests, and aspirations, and as a program, we attempt to accommodate this diversity as much as possible. We understand learning goals as descriptive rather than prescriptive markers that guide our effort to realize the highest and broadest possible level of education, personal growth, and achievement for our outstanding students. As a whole, the Honors Program at BSU advocates: