Honors and Scholars Program
The opportunity to be challenged, take advanced courses, and explore your interests in-depth awaits you! The CFAES and the Department offer two Honors Programs for students earning bachelor degrees in Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition.
Undergraduate Honors Program
This program provides:
- flexibility in course selection
- enrollment in honors, accelerated, and/or advanced courses
- honors project
Undergraduate and Graduate Combined Honors Program
Through this program, you will be enrolled in both the Graduate School and the Department/College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Because you will be completing degree requirements simultaneously, you can cut down on the time it takes to complete both degrees.
Contact: Pat Whittington, Honors Director, Room 100 Agriculture Administration Building, 614-292-6891
7 Reasons You Should Join the Honors Program
- Tailored curriculum allows you to explore your interests.
- Earn additional “merit-based” scholarships based on your honors research proposal.
- Take advanced, accelerated and/or honors courses.
- Receive priority scheduling for your classes.
- Gain special recognition on your transcripts and resume because of the advanced curriculum.
- Become more competitive in the job market thanks to the critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills you will gain.
“I did my Honors research project with turkeys and studied the affect on Salmonella incidence using two different probiotics. My project was conducted on commercial turkeys, so it was in the “real world” where I had to deal with real-life problems. I learned to improvise my techniques and did the best I could with what nature gave me.” Emily Severt, Senior
- Score 30 or higher on the ACT or 1340 on the SAT
- Rank in the top 10 percent of your high school graduating class
- Complete the Honors Affiliate Application through the University Honors Center (in addition to the standard university admission application)
After you are admitted, you must complete and submit an Individual Honors Curriculum Application by May 1 of the first year you’re enrolled at Ohio State. To continue in the Honors Agriculture program, a 3.4 CPHR is required.
As you develop your Individual Honors Curriculum you should consult with your advisor who will help you through this process. It must be reviewed and approved by the Department’s Honors Program Coordinator and the CFAES office.
Transfer Students Enrolled at Ohio State
Transfer students from other colleges or universities should have attained a comparable academic standing. For transfers and other current students to participate in the honors program they must:
- Submit an Individual Honors Curriculum Application for review and approval to the Departmental Honors Program Coordinator
- Have earned at least a 3.4 CPHR at The Ohio State University
- Must maintain a 3.4 GPA in order to remain enrolled in the program. It is also required in all coursework in order to graduate with Honors.
Combined B.S. and M.S. Program Requirements
- Have completed 135-quarter hours of coursework
- Earn a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in all coursework.
- Submit a revised Individual Honors Curriculum identifying the graduate courses with an asterisk and including the signature of the Departmental Graduate Studies Chair.
Signatures are required from the Graduate Committee chair, Assistant Dean of Agriculture, Graduate School Dean, and the Registrar before the program is official. Graduate school fees are charged effective the quarter of admission.
Pat R. Whittington, Ph.D.
CFAES Honors Director
2120 Fyffe Road, Room 100
Columbus, OH 43210
Dr. Pasha Lyvers-Peffer
Department Honors Program Coordinator
201 Plumb Hall
2027 Coffey Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210