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Engineering

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  Departmental Honors Advisor:
  Dr. V. Dean Adams
  Office ENGR 413b, 797-9114
  Email: dean.adams@usu.edu

 

The following course of study for Honors in Engineering will be effective beginning Fall 2012:

  

Honors in University Studies (12 Credits):

(This is optional, but highly recommended; students may complete all or part of Honors in University Studies):

12 credits of the following:

  • USU 1010(H) Honors Connections (2 credits)
  • HONR 2100 Honors Inquiry* (1 credit) or ENGR 2930 Research in Engineering (1 credit)
  • Honors breadth course(s) (3-6 credits)
  • Honors DSS or DHA (3-6 credits)
  • ENGL 2010(H) (3 credits)
  • MATH 1210(H) or 1220(H) (4 credits)

*Required for Freshmen

Honors in Engineering (15 Credits):

Students compile 10 Honors credits from the following:

  • MATH 2210 H (3 credits)
  • Participate in a significant undergraduate research experience. This may  be an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) or a similar faculty-led project. (Up to 3 credits; no academic credit awarded.)*
  • Participate in an Engineering extra-curricular project, such as EWB, Micro-gravity team, etc.*
  • (1-3 Honors credits; students taking leadership roles may receive 3 credits. Students will be required to complete a Completion Record to verify and document their participation.)
  • Complete an Honors contract (3-4 credits)
  • A graduate-level course not required by the major (2 or 3 credits)
  • Co-author a publication.
  • (Can count for 3 Honors credits, although no actual academic credit will be awarded. Students will be required to provide a copy of the publication to the Honors Office.*)
  • Present their research at a national venue, such as NCUR, CUR-Posters on the Hill, or a professional conference.
  • (2 Honors credits; no academic credit awarded.*)

 

Senior Design Sequence (5 credits - required):

As all students complete a senior design project, an Honors senior design must meet the following requirements:

  • Student takes the lead in the project (it is assumed the Honors student will be the team leader, where appropriate).
  • The Honors students submits a separate report to Honors using the data collected by the team.
    • The report should contain a section on methodology, data, results, and their reflection on the project.
    • The report should be at least 15 pages long and use and cite at least 15 sources.

Engineering students will create an academic and extra-curricular Departmental Honors Plan with the departmental Honors advisor and the Honors office. This plan should help build experience and expertise in the student's intended field. An ideal Honors plan will include some classroom-based experience with some extra-curricular leadership.

*In the case of these extra-curricular activities, students will not actually receive academic credit on their transcripts, but the Honors office shall maintain a record of the activity that "buys out" an Honors class or Honors contract. Students should download the form on the Honors website to submit to their faculty mentor.

**Nothing lower than a B grade is acceptable in courses in which Honors credit is awarded.
Students who fail to complete a contract, once entered into with a faculty member, will be placed on academic probation for one semester.

Requirements for Completion of Degree:
Students must graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 and must present their Honors project in a public forum. Spring graduates are required to participate in Student Showcase, and may also present their work at a professional conference. The designation on the student's transcript will read "Graduated with Honors in [name of the major]."

 

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Honors in University Studies: (effective through Spring 2012)

12 credits of the following:
HONR 2000 Scholars Forum* (1 credit)
HONR 2100 Honors Inquiry* (1)
USU 1010 H Honors Connections (2)
Honors breadth course(s) (3-6)
Honors DSS or DHA ( 3-6)
ENGL 2010H (3)
MATH 1210 H or 1220 H (4)
*Required for Freshmen

Program of Study: (effective through Spring 2012)

The 15-credit requirement for Honors in Engineering is met in the following way:

MATH 2210 H (3)
Senior Design Sequence (at least 5). This will continue to count towards the Honors Senior Project and will be required.
Remaining credits will be completed through Honors contracts (7-10).

*Nothing lower than a B grade is acceptable in courses in which an Honors contract is being completed.
**Students who fail to complete a contract, once entered into with a faculty member, will be placed on academic probation for one semester.

Requirements for Completion of Degree:

The successful candidate will graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50, 15 or more credits of Honors coursework in Engineering, and will complete and present in a public forum an Honors thesis/project. Many students have found it helpful to relate the courses taken on Honors contract to the final thesis/project. The designation on the transcript will read "Graduated with Honors in [name of the major]."

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