Honors Program

The UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Honors Program is an exciting and challenging addition to the undergraduate classroom experience. Honors courses are generally structured as special opportunities for qualified students within already existing classes.

"The Honors Program provides students with a more in-depth and involved experience with UW-Baraboo/Sauk County's already excellent coursework and staff. It's a unique opportunity to engage in a greater interaction with teachers than that already provided by small class sizes. My experience led me from being part of an Honors group that created a chemistry demo show, to reading an original reserach paper in front of students and teachers from throughout the UW colleges, to meeting the Lieutenant Governor at a poster presentation in the Capitol."


– Ryan Petty, UW-BSC Honors alum, now finishing a Ph.D. at UW-Madison

How can Honors courses benefit you?

Each Honors course is designed to provide additional course-related experiences and/or requirements, allowing you to expand your knowledge by exploring the course in greater depth. This special exploration is facilitated through regular one-on-one meetings with your instructor outside class sessions. The additional experiences and requirements in taking a course for Honors are determined individually by the professor for each class available for Honors credit. The Honors Program is truly a unique and valuable opportunity.

Students who successfully complete an Honors project, present a paper at the Honors Symposium, and gain at least a B for the course receive Honors designation for the class on their transcripts.
 Students who complete a minimum of 12 credits in Honors course work, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, as well as earn the Associate of Arts and Science degree graduate with Honors.

Honors students are invited to prepare a poster to illustrate their research. The student with the best poster has the opportunity to exhibit it at the Capital Rotunda in Madison.

 This Honors Program is a great way to go above and beyond typical classroom setting and enhance your learning experience.


  • New Freshmen: Upper 15% high school class rank or ACT composite score of 27 or higher.
  • Continuing/Transfer Students: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Consent of instructor: Requires completion of a waiver.


  • Enroll in courses offered for Honors credit by registering via PRISM (you will still need to discuss Honors registration with your instructor).
  • Contact the UW-BSC Office of Student Affairs in the Lange Center (608) 355-5230.
  • Discuss your interest with your instructor.

Honors Project Schedule for Fall 2015

In regular meetings with their instructors, students’ Honors projects will adhere to the following schedule:




5th week

 Submission of abstract of Honors project, including goal and methodology (200-300 words)

10/09/2015 (Friday)

8th week

 Honors Lunch: Honors Students are required to participate in this free meal to meet others and discuss issues and questions.  Faculty/IAS are encouraged to attend (also get a free lunch).  More details to come soon.

10/28/2015 (Wednesday)

12th week

 Deadline: Completion of Honors Project.  Editing of the Honors Paper.

11/25/2015 (Wednesday)

14th week

Deadline: Submission of final poster and power point presentation to the Honors Coordinator.

12/11/2015 (Friday)

15th week

 Presentation at Honors Symposium

12/15/2015 (Tuesday) (5.30-7.00 pm)

Honors Symposium

Each Honors student is required to prepare a 10-minute presentation of his/her Honors project to faculty, staff, and students at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County campus. Community members may also attend.

Current Honors Courses

Courses offered with the option for Honors credit during this academic year are at the discretion of the Honors Program coordinator and the instructor of the course. Speak to your instructor if you are interested in pursuing an honors project for a specific course.

Past Honors Projects

Some presentations made at past Honors Projects are archived here

Honors Coordinator

Dr. Kirthi Premadasa
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Umhoefer Building, A70
(608) 355-5204

Honors Symposium presentation