Honors Options

Honors options are available for students who have demonstrated a strong academic ability and wish to conduct independent research with a faculty advisor on a research project. This research should last a minimum of two semesters (typically fall & spring semester senior year). Students may also opt to conduct research for three semesters (spring semester junior year, fall & spring semester senior year) depending on the research project. Students pursuing any of the following honors options must write, submit, and defend a B.S. Honors Thesis.

 Honors Program Guide 2013-14

Honors Option Suggested Degree Map

Honors College Option (effective for those students entering Fall 2013 or after)

The Honors College selection process for beginning students is by invitation only. Current students can apply to the Honors College if they have a cumulative Purdue GPA of a 3.5 or above and four semester of study remaining before graduation.

 Curriculum:

  • 24 credits of honors coursework
    • Specific HONR courses (5 credits)
      • 2 credits of HONR 19901 & 19902
      • 3 credits of additional HONR course(s)
    • Elective honors courses (10 credits)
      • HONR courses if not meeting specific HONOR course credits
      • Courses with an honors designation
      • Courses taken with an honors contract
      • Graduate level courses that are not required for your major
    • CHE Honors courses (9 credits)

Students must reach an agreement with a faculty advisor on a research topic and complete the ChE Honors Program Application prior to enrolling in the following courses:

  • CHE 49800: Honors Research in Chemical Engineering I
  • CHE 49900: Honors Research in Chemical Engineering II
  • CHE 54000: Transport Phenomena
  • A thesis or scholarly project

Students in the Honors College must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have completed all Honors College requirements to graduate with honors.  Students whose cumulative GPA drops below a 3.5 for two consecutive semesters will no longer have priority registration, be provided with Honors College supplemental advising or be guaranteed the option of completing a thesis or scholarly work under faculty supervision. Honors College privileges will be reinstated if the student’s cumulative GPA rises above a 3.5.         

University Honors Program Option

Students who were admitted to the University Honors Program prior to the fall 2013 may continue to pursue the previous honors program requirements. To graduate with the UHP option, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and have completed all 24 honors points/credits to graduate with honors.

Curriculum:

  • 24 honors points/credits
    • Courses with an honors designation
    • Courses taken with an honors contract
    • Graduate level courses that are not required for your major
  • CHE Honors courses (9 credits)

Students must reach an agreement with a faculty advisor on a research topic and complete the ChE Honors Program Application prior to enrolling in the following courses:

  • CHE 49800: Honors Research in Chemical Engineering I
  • CHE 49900: Honors Research in Chemical Engineering II
  • CHE 54000: Transport Phenomena

Chemical Engineering Departmental Honors Option

Students may apply for the Chemical Engineering Departmental Honors program after reaching an agreement with a faculty advisor on a research topic and the following requirements have been met:

  • Must have a 3.5 overall GPA
  • Must have completed the following courses with a grade of a B- or better on the first attempt in the course: ENGL 10600, MA 26100, CHE 20500, CHE 37700, COM 11400, Math Selective I, CHE 21100, CHE 37800, PHYS 24100, Math Selective II, CHE 34800.

 Note: Students may be accepted into the program prior to enrolling in the above courses upon approval from the faculty advisor and Head of the Chemical Engineering Honors Program. Acceptance will be contingent on earning a grade of a B or better in the untaken course. 

Curriculum:

  • CHE 49800: Honors Research in Chemical Engineering I
  • CHE 49900: Honors Research in Chemical Engineering II
  • CHE 54000: Transport Phenomena