Engineering Honors Opportunity

Engineering undergraduate students must be either a University Honors student or participating in AGRADE to be considered for departmental honors. Courses and credits to satisfy each department's honors requirements are listed below. This information does not contain all of the degree requirements to graduate. Please reach out to an advisor for more information.


Biomedical Engineering (BME) requirements:

Students admitted to University Honors are automatically enrolled in the BME Honors (BMEH) major. Students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.3 Honors GPA to remain in and graduate with Engineering Honors. 

BME department requirements (24 credits total):

  • Need a minimum GPA of 3.5 and  3.3 Honors GPA 
  • BE 2550 Honors (3 cr.)
  • Capstone Honors - Recommended: BME 4910 and 4920 Honors (6 cr.)
  • Honors Seminar - Recommended: HON 42xx - FC, HS or VP course (3-4 cr.)
  • Honors Thesis - Recommended: BE 5998 - counts as Conc Elective (4 cr.)
  • 7-8 Honors Elective Credits - Recommended: MAT 2010 & 2020 ESP (4 cr. each); BIO 1510 (4 cr.); or AGRADE classes (8 cr.)

The Honors Thesis, which counts as one of a BME student's required 3 Concentration Electives, can be completed in either the 3rd or 4th year. Students are encouraged to get involved with research early in their program in order to develop a background to support their thesis project.

NOTE 1: If BE 2550 is taken during the summer, it must be taken with an Honors Option as no distinct Honors section is scheduled.
NOTE 2: Honors Seminars are offered on a variable basis. Selecting one that satisfies FC, HS, or VP requirements minimizes the need for additional credit hours. Others will satisfy this Honors requirement but may not satisfy College of Engineering General Education requirements. 


Chemical Engineering (CHE) requirements:

CHE department requirements (24 credits total):

  • Need a minimum GPA of 3.5 and  3.3 Honors GPA 
  • 11 credits must be in Engineering Honors courses including the following:
    • BE 2100 Honors – Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering (3 cr.)
    • CHE 6810 – Chemical Process Integration (WI) (4 cr.)
    • One Honors Option in a 5000 level or higher Engineering Technical Elective (4 cr.)
    • At least one HON 42XX Honors seminar (3 cr.).

The additional 10 credits required for graduation with Honors may be taken in any department, including additional Engineering courses.

Suggestions include: approved AGRADE courses, BIO 1510, CHM 1225/1230, ECO 2010 or ECO 2020, ENG 1050 (in place of ENG 1020), MAT 2010, MAT 2020


Civil Engineering (CE) requirements:

CE department requirements (24 credits total):

  • Need a minimum GPA of 3.5 and  3.3 Honors GPA 
  • 11 credits minimum must be in Engineering Honors courses including the following:
    • BE 5998 – Engineering Honors Thesis (4 cr.)
    • CE 4995 – Senior Design Project (WI) (3 cr.)
    • At least one HON 42XX Honors seminar (3 cr.). *Select Honors seminars may fulfill University Group requirements

The additional 10 credits required for graduation with Honors may be taken in any department, including additional Engineering courses.

Suggestions include: approved AGRADE courses, BIO 1510, CHM 1225/1230, ECO 2010 or ECO 2020, ENG 1020, MAT 2010, MAT 2020.


Computer Science (CS) requirements:

CS department requirements (12 credits total):

  • Must establish and maintain a cumulative 3.3 overall GPA.
  • Complete at least one Honors 4200-level seminar (typically taken in junior year).
  • Complete CSC4999: Honors Thesis (three or six credits). 
    1. The thesis is a paper presenting the results of the student's independent research. The length of the thesis may vary according to the nature of the topic and method of approach.
    2. Registration for Honors Thesis must be made a minimum of two semesters prior to the student's expected graduation date. A minimum of two semesters should be allowed for completion of all of the thesis requirements.
  • Download the registration form for CSC 4999
    1. Complete an additional three to six credits in honors-designated coursework to meet the minimum requirement of 12 credits, which includes CSC4999, and the Honors Seminar listed above.
    2. Visit the Honors College website for information about additional honors-designated course work available each semester, and download the Honors Option Form to earn Honors credit for a course.

Electrical Engineering (EE) requirements:

EE department requirements (24 credits total):

  • Need a minimum GPA of 3.5 and  3.3 Honors GPA 
  • 11 credits must be in Engineering Honors courses including the following:
    • BE 5998 – Engineering Honors Thesis (4 cr.)
    • ECE 3040 –Numerical Methods for Engineers (Honors Option) (3 cr.)
    • ECE 4000 level course with an Honors Option (4 cr.)
    • At least one HON 42XX Honors seminar (3 cr.). (VP), (HS), or (FC) Honors seminars will also fulfill University Group requirements. The (LS) Honors seminar requires evaluation by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

The additional 10 credits required for graduation with Honors may be taken in any department, including additional Engineering courses.

Suggestions include: approved AGRADE courses, BIO 1510, ECO 2010 or ECO 2020, MAT 2010 (Emerging Scholars Section), MAT 2020 (Emerging Scholars Section), BE 2100 (Honors Section)


Engineering Technology (ET) requirements:

ET department requirements (12 credits minimum):

  •  Must meet all the ordinary requirements of the engineering technology major, and you must have a 3.3 GPA overall 
  •  A 4200-level HON seminar (HON 4200 – 4280) (3 cr.) 
  •  Thesis – Honors Option with ET 4990 (3 cr.) Students will take 2 semesters to complete. 
  •  Two Honors Options courses within the Engineering Technology major, taught by a full-time faculty member (3-4 cr.)

Mechanical Engineering (ME) requirements:

ME department requirements (26 credits total):

  • Need a minimum GPA of 3.4 and  3.6 Honors GPA 
  • 23 credits must be in Engineering Honors courses including the following:
    • BE 5998 – Engineering Honors Thesis (4 cr.)
    • BE 2100 – Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering (3 cr.)
    • ME 5330 – Advanced Thermofluid Design (4 cr.)
    • ME 5500 – Advanced Engineering Design (WI) (4 cr.)
    • 2 ME courses at either the 5000 or 6000 level
  • At least one HON 42XX Honors seminar (3 cr.)