In 2016 > 15% of all Fulbright College honors graduates were chemistry majors. 45% of chemistry graduates earned honors degrees.

In 2017 > 54% of chemistry majors have a 3.5 GPA or better.


Departmental Honors in Chemistry

Students with good academic backgrounds and strong interests in research are encouraged to participate in the department honors program. Entrance into the program is normally during the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is required.

Entrance is initiated by consulting the faculty academic adviser who will help arrange conferences with potential faculty research project advisers. When there is an agreement between the student and the adviser on a research project or area, an Honors Advisory Committee is set up to supervise the honors candidate's program. The heart of the program is the research project, but students are encouraged to broaden their experience beyond required courses within chemistry, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

Participation in Honors Colloquia, honors sections of regular courses, and chemistry departmental and divisional seminars is especially recommended. All honors candidates enroll in the spring semester Honors Seminar (CHEM 4011H), and senior honors students must make at least one seminar presentation. A comprehensive written report is required in the spring semester of the senior year, followed by an oral presentation. Students should enroll in their respective faculty mentor's section of CHEM 400VH chemistry research course for one credit hour for a total of three semesters/terms. Students who are conducting research with a faculty mentor outside the department of chemistry and biochemistry must first have the permission of the department chair as well as the department honors advisor. Those students enroll in the current department chair's sections of CHEM 400VH. This plan indicates that students should not start their research with a faculty mentor any later than the first semester/term of their junior year. Alternate courses of action needed due to tranfers or other circumstances can be discussed with the department honors advisor.

Fall Junior Year Spring Junior Year Fall Senior Year Spring Senior Year
CHEM 400VH - 1 credit hour CHEM 400VH - 1 credit hour CHEM 400VH - 1 credit hour  
  CHEM 4011H   CHEM 4011H

On the basis of these written and oral reports and their evaluation of all aspects of the student's honors program, the candidate's Honors Advisory Committee will recommend whether or not the distinction "Chemistry or Biochemistry Scholar Cum Laude" should be awarded. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in truly exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate's program of honors studies.