College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean. Selections to the Dean's List are announced at the close of each semester. The student's achievement for only the single semester is considered and is noted on the transcript. To be placed on the Dean's List, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA or above for the semester's study load of not less than 12 credits, on a regular grade basis (A, AB, B, BC, C, D, F), regardless of overall grade point average, and must not have received a grade of F or an Incomplete for any course, or a U (for a pass/fail course) or an N (for Credit/No Credit graded course that was not passed).
Students who have a cumulative GPA that places them in the top 20 percent of the graduating class in the college will graduate with "Distinction"; those in the upper 5 percent, with "Highest Distinction." These students must have at least 60 credits on the Madison campus. The notations on the student's transcript will read "Graduated with Distinction" or "Graduated with Highest Distinction." The Registrar determines which students meet these criteria.
A preliminary list of those degree candidates who may be eligible for Graduation with Distinction is prepared by the Registrar prior to commencement. These students are eligible to wear a cardinal stole with their caps and gowns at commencement. Inclusion on the Distinctive Scholastic Achievement list does not guarantee Graduation with Distinction.
Students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences who want a challenging and intellectually rewarding undergraduate experience should consider the Honors Program. The program has flexibility to meet the unique needs of each student, challenge the mind of the independent thinker, and stimulate the curiosity needed for continued learning. The program was established to provide challenging and relevant experiences for high-achieving students. The objective of the program is to help students develop critical thinking abilities through specialized courses and the challenges of designing, conducting and reporting research in collaboration with faculty from one of the world's leading research institutions. Students who complete the program successfully receive an Honors designation on their diploma and wear a white stole with cardinal bars with their caps and gowns at commencement.
The CALS Honors Program offers three different ways to earn an Honors degree designation: (1) Honors in Research, (2) Honors in the Major, and (3) Individualized Honors. For complete information contact the Office of Academic Affairs, 116 Agricultural Hall, 608-262-3003.