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What: Choose a 4-year degree plan that allows students to take small honors versions of major level courses, work closely with faculty, complete independent research, write a thesis and present at the Honors Symposium. Dive deeply into the Human Ecology fields of study while getting a strong natural sciences education. See Honors Thesis Guidelines for more information.

  • Note for students beginning Fall 2022 and later (22-24 Catalog and later): Honors in Advanced Nutritional Sciences (HANS) students will select any BS Nutrition degree option and incorporate the research and thesis coursework into that degree plan.

Benefits: Be a part of a small community of honors scholars; work closely with faculty; explore and perform cutting edge research; dedicated staff and faculty support; scholarship opportunities. Receive an honors degree, a certificate, and a line on your transcript stating “Special Honors in [department]”


  • Demonstrated high academic performance in the past and potential for future success
  • Must have 3.3 GPA overall and 3.5 GPA in Human Ecology courses

Receiving Honors:

  • Maintain the GPA requirements listed above
  • Submit a Special Departmental Honors Thesis Application Form/Thesis Proposal and receive approval before registering for the 379H thesis course
  • Earn a letter grade of at least a B on the 379H thesis course
  • Present at the School of Human Ecology Honors Symposium
  • Submit a bound/ signed copy of the thesis to the School as well as a digital copy to archive in the UT Digital Repository. 

Program Websites:

Honors in Advanced Nutritional Sciences (HANS) 

Honors in Advanced Human Development and Family Sciences (HAHDFS)