Departmental Honors Program

The departmental honors program allows highly motivated students to work closely with a faculty member to conduct hands-on research and write an Honors Thesis.

The program consists of 6 credit hours in addition to the 120 required for the Chemical Engineering degree. Applicants to the Departmental Honors program must have a degree and overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.

At the completion of the degree, students in the Departmental Honors program are assigned a level of honors based primarily on the degree grade point average upon completion of the degree. These designations include:

  • 3.20 – 3.49 Cum Laude
  • 3.50 – 3.79 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.80 – 4.00 Summa Cum Laude

The quality of the thesis also influences the level of honors. Records will be notified of successful completion of the honors program so that the honors may appear on the student’s transcript.


Students seeking admission to the Departmental Honors Program should apply to the program during their junior year, and no later than prior to beginning their senior year.

Applicants should complete an application and make an appointment with the Department Chair to discuss the program, possible topics, and prospective advisors. Students are then responsible for selecting the faculty member to supervise the thesis and for obtaining approval of the proposed topic from the advisor and the Chair.

Once accepted to the program, students will register for CBE 495 (Fall) and CBE 496 (Spring), while preparing and finalizing the Honors Thesis.

CBE Department Honors Overview
CBE DEpartment Honors Application