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[Honors at Alabama]
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS
Departmental honors programs are currently available to outstanding students in biological sciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, English, geological sciences, history, physics, and psychology. The programs offer honors courses and other special opportunities for study in these departments.
Students majoring in one of the biological sciences are eligible for consideration for the honors program in biological sciences after they have completed at least 16 hours in biological sciences with a grade point average of 3.4 in biological sciences and an average of 3.4 overall. Acceptance into the program requires approval of the Honors Program Committee and acceptance of the student by primary advisors and co-advisors. Requirements of the honors program include (a) 4-8 hours of BSC 390 Honors Thesis Research; (b) an acceptable honors thesis; (c) attendance in BSC 407 Honors Seminar in Biological Sciences; (d) taking the advanced portion of the Graduate Record Examination; and (e) maintenance of a 3.4 grade point average in biological sciences courses and a 3.4 overall average. Additional details are available in the office of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Chemical and Biological Engineering
The University of Alabama Chemical and Biological Engineering Honors Program was created to offer exceptional students a challenging environment and expose them to real-world problems and solutions. Chemical engineering honors students will gain valuable tools to launch diverse careers in chemical process engineering, product design, biomedical research, microelectronics, technical management, law, and medicine.
Students must be enrolled in chemical engineering and apply to the Chemical and Biological Engineering Honors Program. Students must maintain a UA GPA of 3.3 to remain in the program. See page 200 for eligibility requirements and guidelines.
Requirements for the bachelor of science degree with honors in chemistry are (a) completion of course requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry; (b) maintenance of a 3.3 grade point average in chemistry courses, with no more than one "C," and of a 3.0 GPA for all coursework; (c) participation in CH 491, CH 492, CH 493, and CH 494 (honors research seminars and research courses); (d) submission of an acceptable senior thesis based on research conducted under supervision of a chemistry department faculty member; and (e) submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination or other appropriate examination prior to graduation. Students are invited to apply for admission to the honors program in chemistry on the basis of performance in introductory chemistry courses. Inquire at the Department of Chemistry office for further details.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an undergraduate honors program for students who seek to be challenged by both independent and team projects and receive additional distinction with their undergraduate degrees. This individually tailored program culminates with awarding of a Civil Engineering Honors Certificate and recognition at the Honors Day Ceremony in the student's senior year. See page 202 for program requirements.
Any student with a superior aptitude for and a special interest in literature may apply for admission to the honors program in English. The program includes special classes for EN 205 (EN 215), EN 206 (EN 216), EN 209 (EN 219), and EN 210 (EN 220), and eligibility for the Senior Honors Seminar in Literature (EN 499). English majors who maintain grade point averages of 3.5 in English and 3.3 overall upon successfully completing the program and the honors seminar will be eligible for graduation with "honors in English."
The honors seminar (EN 499) is designed in consultation with interested students, who are encouraged to suggest topics and course materials that best suit their academic interests. Seminars cover a variety of topics and works. The topic of a recent seminar was "The Idea of the West," and the course examined works by Homer, Virgil, Swift, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Charles Johnson.
Requirements for the bachelor of science or bachelor of science in geology degree with honors are (a) completion of the course requirements for the B.S. or B.S. in geology degree; (b) maintenance of a 3.3 grade point average in geology courses and a 3.0 grade point average for all coursework; (c) grade of "Pass" in GEO 435 and GEO 436 (honors seminars); (d) 6 hours of GEO 499 Honors Research (graded pass/fail), the results of which will be presented in the honors seminar; and (e) submission of an acceptable honors thesis based on research conducted under the supervision of a geological sciences department faculty member. Geology majors are invited to apply for admission to the honors program in geology after completion of 13 hours of geology coursework.
The history honors program is open to history majors who have a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.3 GPA in history, and at least 12 hours of history courses completed. The program requires 9 hours of honors work, including HY 399 History Honors Colloquium (usually taken in the junior year) and a 6-hour thesis (HY 498 and HY 499) completed (usually in the senior year) under the direction of a tenured or tenure-track member of the department. Graduating with honors in history requires a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.3 GPA in history, and satisfactory completion of a thesis judged to merit an honors designation.
Requirements for the bachelor of science degree with honors in physics are 1) completion of the course requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in physics; 2) maintenance of a 3.3 grade point average in physics courses and a 3.0 GPA for all coursework; 3) submission of an acceptable honors thesis based on research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in physics or astronomy; and 4) participation in the 1-hour senior-level honors physics seminar, PH 490. Students are invited to apply for admission to the honors program in physics on the basis of performance in introductory courses. Inquire at the Department of Physics and Astronomy office for further information.
The psychology department honors program is designed to afford qualified majors the opportunity to participate in activities preparatory for graduate training in psychology. The two-year program is research-oriented and involves interaction with selected faculty and peers in an enriched and accelerated academic environment. Completion of the program is contingent upon submission of an independently conducted research project equivalent in quality to a master's thesis.
Psychology majors who are in the second semester of their sophomore year with 9 hours of completed coursework in psychology (including PY 101, PY 211, and a 300-level course) may apply for admission to the psychology department honors program. A completed application and interview by the Departmental Honors Committee are required before acceptance. To be accepted a student must have a 3.3 grade point average in psychology coursework and a 3.0 average overall; however, meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. PY 355 and PY 356 must be completed before entry into the program.
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