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Academic Policies and Procedures

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

The student must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses taken at the University of Texas at Austin (including credit by examination, correspondence, and extension) for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W, X, or CR is recorded. In addition, the student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in geological sciences courses taken at the University and counted toward the major requirement.

The student must earn a grade of at least C- in each semester of each course used to fulfill any of the requirements for the degree.

For more information about grades and the grade point average, see General Information.

Repetition of a Course

A student may not enroll in any course in the Jackson School more than twice, even if the course is needed to meet degree requirements, without first obtaining written consent in the Undergraduate Student Services Office. The symbol Q or W counts as an enrollment unless it has been approved by the Undergraduate Student Services Office for nonacademic reasons.


University-wide honors are described in Honors and in General Information. Students who meet the following requirements may also graduate with departmental honors.

School Honors Program

The Jackson School offers a departmental honors program to its majors. Minimum requirements for the completion of this program are

  1. A cumulative University grade point average of at least 3.00, and a grade point average in geological sciences of at least 3.50
  2. Geological Sciences 171H, 172H, and 173H with a grade of at least B- in each
  3. Geological Sciences 379H, Honors Tutorial, with a grade of at least B-
  4. Completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree

The statement “Special Honors in Geological Sciences” appears on the transcript of each student certified as having completed the honors program.

Students who wish to participate in the program should apply to the departmental honors adviser when they have completed sixty semester hours of coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences.

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