Honors in Major

Students who are already participating in the University Honors Program  must also complete Honors-In-Major. Upon completion of all of the prescribed requirements (which include maintaining an overall and in-major GPA of 3.5), these students will graduate with the University Honors designation on their transcript and diploma. However, any student with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 (both overall and in-major) is eligible for Honors-in-Major coursework. Upon completion of the Honor-in-Major requirements outlined below (and by maintaining the minimum overall and in-major GPA of 3.5), these students will graduate with the Honors-In-Major designation on their transcript and diploma. Eligible students should consult with their advisor or the program director in developing a plan for completion of the required courses.

Requirements

Students must fulfill each of the following requirements (total of 16 credits):

  1. Minimum Grade Point Average in major: 3.50.
  2. One of the following course sequence options:
    • Computer Science (12 Credits):
      1. CS745 or CS723,
      2. An Implementation Intensive elective,
      3. An honors section of a 700-level course, or a 900-level course.
    • CS: Bioinformatics (12 Credits):
      1. CS758,
      2. One of CS730, CS770, CS975 or CS981,
      3. GEN996 (in lieu of BCHM711).
  3. A thesis project CS696HW (4 or 5 credits).

Students must complete a project or thesis on a topic approved by the departmental honors committee and supervised by a faculty member in the department. The student must submit a written report and give a public demonstration or presentation of the results upon completion of this course.

Students are required to submit their project or thesis plan for approval by the departmental honors committee no later than the end of the semester prior to their commencement of CS696HW.

Notes:

  • Alternative programs of study can be designed by honors students, but must be approved by the undergraduate studies committee.
  • If a 900-level course is taken (only 3 credits), a 5-credit CS696HW should be taken (instead of 4 credits) in order to have a total of 16 credits.

Students must fulfill each of the following requirements (total of 16 credits):

  1. Complete one required IT course (within the CS department) as an Honors-designated course. This will normally require the student to request from the instructor permission to add the honors designation to a non-honors course.
  2. Complete one course in the student’s chosen Second Discipline that is either
    1. an honors-designated course, or
    2. a course at the 700-level
  3. Complete one additional IT course at the 600+-level (beyond those required for the major)
  4. Complete IT 710H (Senior Project) – In addition to participating in the Senior Project, the IT 710H student must complete a thesis on a topic related to the project.

The thesis must be developed and executed in consultation with a thesis advisor (the course instructor or another CS department faculty member) during the semester of IT710H, and the student must provide a written report and give a public presentation of the thesis results prior to the completion of IT 710H.