Dean's Scholars Honors Program is a 4-year degree program in which students earn a Bachelors of Science that is designated as an honors degree in any of the majors offered by the College of Natural Sciences.
The benefits of Dean's Scholars Honors, which strives to be much more than just an academic enrichment program, include:
Scholars take classes together, attend special dinners hosted by faculty members, participate in lunchtime discussions, and take weekend field trips to places such as the McDonald Observatory. As well, each Dean's Scholar has a faculty mentor, a staff academic advisor, and a student "buddy."
Students take smaller courses that are developed specifically for honors students and taught by the best faculty in the college, and the program has an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum that features more elective hours than standard degree plans.
Students are trained in research methods and develop their own research projects, and honors theses, under the direction of faculty at the forefront of scientific discovery.
Theses submitted each year in fulfillment of DS degrees are archived and posted on our "Honors Theses" site. Each one is an individual expression of research excellence.
Dean's Scholars go on to enter Ph.D., M.D. and other professional programs at leading institutions world-wide, and they've won some of the most prestigious and competitive graduate fellowships in the nation, including Marshall Scholarships, Gates Foundation Scholarships and National Science Foundation Fellowships.
For a much more in-depth look at the Dean's Scholars program, including membership of its faculty steering committee, criteria for selection, and an examination of the program's culminating research experience, see its 2014-2015 Handbook.