To qualify, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and an average of 3.4 or better in the major at the end of the junior year. At that time, the student should make a formal application. During their senior year, in addition to fulfilling major course requirements, candidates who are accepted by the discipline honors committee take 01:860:496-497, in which they complete a major research paper under the direction of an adviser.