Undergraduate Students: Graduating with Honors

Graduating with Honors from MAE

Three honors distinctions are available at the University of Florida:

  • cum laude (with honors)
  • magna cum laude (with high honors)
  • summa cum laude (with highest honors)

Each college/school/department has its own standards for graduating with honors.  For the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, the requirements for the three graduation honors designations are as follow:

  • Cum Laude: 3.3 GPA in all upper-division courses
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.5 GPA in all upper-division courses and completion of a Honors Thesis
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.8 GPA in all upper-division courses and completion of a Honors Thesis

The upper division GPA is based on all courses taken at UF after you become a 3-EG (i.e. after 60 hours).

Honors Thesis

An undergraduate Honors Thesis is completed in order to graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude. Students interested in completing an Honors Thesis should follow these steps:

  • Identify an MAE Chair to serve as your Honors Thesis Advisor.
  • Work with your Honors Thesis Advisor to form a supervisory committee comprised of your Chair, an MAE faculty member and a faculty external to the MAE department. You must submit the supervisory committee form to Ms. Salena Robinson in room 231 MAE-A. (This should not be completed until three weeks before the end of classes.)
  • Make a formal oral presentation of your results to your supervisory committee. You must submit the final oral exam form to Ms. Salena Robinson in room 231 MAE-A.
  • Submit your written Honors Thesis along with the honors thesis submission form.

The Honors Thesis normally takes two semesters to complete. Students may enroll in up to 6 hours of independent study (EAS4905 or EML4905) to earn academic credit while working on their Honors Thesis. Independent study credit counts as a technical elective toward the degree. While the Honors Thesis may contain work with a design emphasis, students are not allowed to submit work done primarily as a part of a senior design course(s) to count as their Honors Thesis.