Honors in the Major

Students from PEOPLE program visit the Botany Greenhouse
A visit to the Botany Greenhouse in Birge Hall. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

To declare Honors in the Major, please schedule an appointment through Starfish with Ginny Jackson, the student services coordinator for the Conservation Biology Major.

To complete Honors in the Conservation Biology major, students must:

  1. 1. Take 16 credits of honors in the major. Of the 16 honors credits, at least 6 credits must be Senior Honors Thesis credits (681/682) from an appropriate department (ex. Botany, Zoology, Forest & Wildlife Ecology, etc.).

2. Students must also maintain at least a 3.3 overall cumulative GPA to complete Honors in the Conservation Biology major.

Students can select from any Conservation Biology courses designated as honors (H, !, or %).

Students may also design and complete a project in a non-honors designated course in collaboration with the instructor. To do this, students must have previously taken at least one honors course and submit a project proposal (called a “Green Sheet“) to the L&S Honors Program by the end of the 8th week of class.

Study Abroad and Honors in the Major

Some study abroad programs, like the CEIBA Tropial Conservation Semester, may be designated honors programs or students may be able to apply for honors credit upon return. See the Conservation Biology student services coordinator for more information.

Biocore and Honors in the Major

UW-Madison offers an honors introductory biology sequence, called Biocore.  Bicore courses apply towards Honors in the Major credits, check out the Conservation Biology and Biocore sample four year plan.