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If you can prove you are self-motivated with an excellent academic history this program is for you. You will complete a self-directed advanced study with an honors thesis advisor.
In the department honors program, you may pursue a faculty-mentored independent study. This gives you the opportunity to develop your interests and abilities beyond your current program of study.
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Apply to the Departmental Honors Program before the first semester of the independent study.
Your individual program will involve two or more semesters of independent study. During your first semester, you will work with your advisor to develop a program of study and form your committee.
You are required to complete at least six credit hours of a 4000 level independent study with your honors advisor. This is usually spread out over two semesters, three credit hours at a time. You may also include summer semester if you choose.
At the completion of the honors independent study, you will provide a written and oral presentation of your work to your committee for evaluation.
A successful program of study must include the following elements:
To gain admission to the Honors Program in Computer Science/Engineering, you must have:
You must have also completed the following courses (or equivalent transfer courses):
The CSE Undergraduate Studies Committee will consider petitions for admission to any computer science or engineering major not meeting these requirements.
A sponsoring Advisor is required for admission into the Departmental Honors Program.
Guidelines when choosing your honors advisor:
The honors advisor serves as chair of the Honors committee. This committee must have a minimum of two members qualified to evaluate the final work.
Guidelines for the honors committee members:
Approval of the final committee should be no later than the end of the first semester of independent study. The Computer Science and Engineering director of undergraduate studies has final approval.
The 4000 level independent study credits qualify towards graduation. Your honors advisor will assign these grades. During your second term of independent study, you must request an evaluation of your honors project.
If you fail to earn a grade of 'A' OR the committee finds your work unsatisfactory you will not receive an Honors Degree. If this is the case, you will no longer be part of the departmental honors program.
You may withdraw from the Honors Program at any time and resume the normal program of study. The credits earned may apply to technical elective credit.
To stay in the program you need to maintain a GPA that meets the admission criteria and make timely progress on your program of study.
If you do not reach the required goals or become ineligible, you can be withdrawn from the program by
If at any time it is in your best interest the department will withdraw you from the honors program.