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Departmental Honors

If you would like to graduate with the departmental honors in chemistry, you can be recommended by the Honors College and your advisor.

This is what you need for the departmental honors:

  1. Complete the American Chemistry Society (ACS) approved major, a departmental major in chemistry, a biochemistry option or a teaching major in physical science with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 in chemistry courses.
  2. Complete a minimum of 2 credit hours of superior quality work in independent study and research.
  3. Complete Option One or Option Two below:

Option One

A presentation of a research paper at a state, regional, or national meeting of a scientific organization, and a written report (approved by the faculty supervisor and the Honors College representative) based on the research described in the oral presentation.

The written research report should be typed in the format of a manuscript to be submitted to a scientific journal (e.g., title, abstract, introduction, experimental, results and discussion, acknowledgments, and references), but it is to be based on the work described in the oral presentation.

While some reorganization may be necessary and appropriate references properly cited, additional materials such as extra literature or experimental work are not required, although certainly acceptable.

Option Two

An honors thesis (approved by the faculty supervisor and the Honors College representative) and an oral report, based on the honors thesis, presented before students and faculty.

Commencement

If you want to be listed in the commencement program as graduating with departmental honors in chemistry, you must register with the Honors College six weeks prior to your graduation date and satisfy criteria by the time of graduation.