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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 (GPA) 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 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 Honors

Each fall and spring semester, undergraduate who complete a full course load and earn outstanding grades, are recognized on the fall or spring University Honors list, respectively. Students are notified on the semester grade report of their inclusion on the list. The Jackson School hosts an event each spring to recognize JSG University Honors students in conjunction with University-wide Honors Day.

Additional information on University Honors is available in General Information .

School Honors Program

The Jackson School offers a departmental honors program to its majors. Students who wish to participate in the program should submit an application to the JSG Student Services Office when they have completed sixty semester hours of coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences. The Jackson School of Geosciences Honors Program receives an increasing number of qualified applications each year and not all applicants are guaranteed acceptance.

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, with a grade of at least B-

  4. Completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree

An honors student who completes all program requirements will receive the designation “Special Honors in Geological Sciences” on his or her transcript and be recognized at the Jackson School commencement ceremony.