Senior Departmental Honors Program

Students now have two options for completing senior departmental honors in civil engineering: a thesis option and a portfolio option.

Thesis Option for Students in B.S. Degree Program

Requirement: Completion of a research project. Students will be required to complete the following courses:

  • CE H388 (1 credit hour) Honors Research Topics
  • CE H389 (1 credit hour) Honors Research Skills
  • CE H488 (2-3 credit hours) Honors Research I
  • CE H489 (3 credit hours) Honors Research II (can be used as a Technical Elective)

Outcome: An Honors Research Thesis and an oral defense of the thesis attended by the student's faculty advisor, CE Honors Program Coordinator and other interested faculty and students..

Honors Research Option for Students in the BS/MS Degree Program:

Requirement: Completion of a research proposal including any preliminary research needed to reasonably define the scope and methodology of the proposed research. The research project will have the scope of activity normally associated with an MS thesis. Students will be required to complete the following courses.

  • CE H388 (1 credit hour) Honors Research Topics
  • CE H389 (1 credit hour): Honors Research Skills
  • CE H488 (2 or 3 credit hours): Honors Research I
  • CE H489 (3 credit hours): Honors Research II

Outcome: A research proposal, including an introduction of the problem statement, literature review, research methodology and sufficient preliminary results to validate the intended study. The student will also be required to give a proposal presentation attended by the student's faculty advisor, CE Honors Program Coordinator and other interested faculty and students.

Portfolio Option

Requirement: Completion of four Honors Projects, typically one project completed each semester during a student's junior and senior years (enroll in courses listed below). If necessary, a student can complete multiple projects in a single semester to complete four projects in less than four semesters.

  • CE H387 (1 credit hour) Junior Honors Project (taken each semester of the Junior year)
  • CE H487 (1 credit hour) Senior Honors Project (taken each semester of the Senior year)

Outcome: Honors Portfolio, containing all completed Honors Projects, presented to the CE Honors Program Coordinator and participating faculty for review and comment.

Course Information:

  • CE H387: Completion of a special project in civil engineering.
  • CE H388: Completion of a journal documenting on-going research..
  • CE H389: Skills needed to conduct and present research investigations..
  • CE H487: Completion of a special project in civil engineering..
  • CE H488: Progress towards completion of a research proposal..
  • CE H489: Completion and defense of a research thesis for students in the Honors Thesis option or completion and presentation of a research proposal for BS/MS students in the Honors Research Option.