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To be admitted to the honors program in chemistry, students must have declared a major in chemistry; have a GPA of 3.3 or higher for all chemistry courses taken; and must fill out an honors registration form (available in Room 1328 Chemistry Building, make an appointment with the undergraduate advisor to fill out the form.)
Once admitted, honors majors must select a faculty research mentor by the fall semester of their junior years. Mentors may come from chemistry or from a related department such as chemical engineering, pharmacology, or biochemistry. Students who choose a mentor from outside the chemistry department are responsible for providing the mentor with the requirements for the honors major in chemistry.
Candidates for honors in the major must:
The requirement for advanced work may be met in one of three ways:
Examples of breadth courses include engineering, physics, molecular biology, computer science, water chemistry, and business. Advanced level courses should be chosen in consultation with the student's research mentor. Courses required for the major in chemistry cannot be used to simultaneously satisfy the advanced course requirement for honors in the major.
Chemistry 681-682 (Senior Honors Thesis, 6 credits total) guides honors candidates through the process of writing the required honors thesis. Honors theses must conform to the guidelines published by the department, available from the undergraduate advisor (Room 1328 Chemistry Building). At the end of their senior years, honors candidates have the opportunity to present their work at the Chemistry Undergraduate Poster session.