Each department has the prerogative of awarding the designations “with honors” and “with distinction” to students who achieve a certain level of academic excellence and creativity in the major or minor program.
The award of Program Distinction is based on the UB GPA for the program. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major or minor program must be completed at UB. Although departments may set higher GPA minimums, the University requires a minimum of 3.200 for “with distinction”; 3.500 for “with high distinction”; and 3.750 for “with highest distinction.”
The award of Program Honors is based on criteria which may vary from department to department. Students must complete an honors thesis, project, or honors program seminar. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major or minor program must be completed at UB. Enrollment in a departmental honors program may be a prerequisite. Honors level (“with honors”; “with high honors;” “with highest honors”) may be based on GPA or faculty review of performance on the honors components of the program. Students should consult with their departmental advisor regarding the awarding of departmental honors.
The GPA on record will be used for the determination of Program Honors, no additional rounding will occur.