Applying to the honors program involves a written application, including a project proposal and transcript, which establishes the student's work to date in the department and outlines the area of research that the student wishes to pursue. Students must have at least an overall University GPA of 3.3 and a 3.5 GPA in courses counting towards the major. Students must have completed a significant portion of their major coursework before enrolling in honors. It is recommended that students have taken courses that have prepared them for advanced study in the proposed area of research. Students enroll in TAPS 202 Honors Thesis, which is worth four units total. Students need to enroll in this course each quarter during the senior year (1 unit in Autumn; 1 unit in Winter; 2 units in Spring). It is graded S/NC (grade determined by the student’s adviser). The honors thesis is due on May 15th in the Spring quarter and is double-marked by the primary adviser and one other Stanford faculty member. Entry into the honors program does not guarantee an honors degree. The final decision to confer an honors degree is made by the student's thesis adviser upon evaluating the quality of the thesis.