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Calhoun Honors College

1. What is the Honors College?

Membership in the Calhoun Honors College offers:

  • Specialized coursework with Clemson’s top professors
  • Opportunities for independent research
  • Exciting study-abroad programs
  • Formal and informal interactions with Clemson faculty through the Dixon Fellows program
  • Access to the Honors Academic Activities Center
  • Housing opportunities in the Honors Living-Learning Community
  • Funding opportunities for research, internships, educational travel, conference attendance and professional development
  • Priority registration times, making it easier to obtain seats in popular classes

We encourage all incoming Freshman who meet the eligibility criteria (see below) to apply for a spot in the Honors College. Likewise, freshmen and sophomores with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are also encouraged to apply for admittance.

To learn more about the full suite of benefits available to Honors students, visit the Honors College webpage and explore the Honors College handbook.

2. Admission to the Honors College

New freshman admission to the Calhoun Honors College is by on-line application. Applicants must have a combined critical reading and math SAT score of at least 1320 or an ACT score of 30. In exceptional cases, the Honors College may consider applications from students who do not fully meet these criteria. However, bear in mind that admission to the Honors College is highly selective. Freshman enrollment in the Honors College is limited to approximately 250 students.

In addition to the online application, students must provide a transcript (unofficial photocopies are acceptable) and two electronically-submitted letters of recommendation: one from the student’s high school guidance counselor and one from a teacher.  Instructions for submitting these materials are provided in the online application.

Current Clemson University students can also apply to join the Calhoun Honors College in the fall or spring semester.  Potential applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher by the end of the semester in which they apply. They must also have at least four semesters of coursework remaining to complete their undergraduate degree.

3. Honors Student Requirements

Honors students are required to complete at least one Honors course each fall and spring semester. Honors courses have (HON) in the title and “Includes Honors sections” just before the list of prerequisites in the Undergraduate Catalog.  Honors credit may be obtained for a non-Honors course by means of an Honors Contract.

4. General and Departmental Honors

Honors students are eligible to pursue General Honors, Departmental Honors or both.

4a. General Honors Program

Most Honors students spend the first two years at Clemson enrolled in the General Honors Program. The main purpose of General Honors is to broaden the student's intellectual perspective. To this end, students are encouraged to take Honors courses in as many areas of study as possible.  Students who successfully complete the requirements for General Honors are awarded the Certificate of Achievement in General Honors.

To be awarded General Honors, students must satisfy the following requirements:

1) Completion of a minimum of 18 credit as follows:

a) At least three hours from three or more course groups (see below)

b) At least three hours from three or more course subjects (e.g., ENGL, MATH)

2) A cumulative GPR of 3.40 or higher for all Clemson coursework

3) A grade of A or B in all HON courses taken to fulfill General Honors requirements

4) Completion of all university requirements for graduation

General Honors Course groups:

Group I. Composition and Communication: COMM 2500; ENGL 1030, 3140; HON 2230

Group II. Science, Mathematics & Engineering: BIOL1030, 1040, 1100, 1110; CH 1010, 1020; ECE 2020, 2620; EM 2020; ENGR 1050, 1060, 1070, 1080, 1090, 1200, 1410, 1900, 2900, 3900, 4900; GEOL 1010, 1020; MATH 1060, 1080, 2060, 2080; PHYS 1220, 2210, 2220

Group III. Social Science: ECON 2110, 2120, 3140, 3150; HIST 1220, 1240, 1720, 1730; HON1920, 2020, 2200; LAW 3220; POSC 1010, 1020, 1030, 1040; PSYC 2010, 3400, 3520, 3830, 3850, 3900; SOC 2010

Group IV. Humanities and Languages: AAH 1010, 1020, 2030, 2040, 2100; ENGL 2120, 2130, 2140, 2150; FR 2010, 2020; GER 2010, 2020; HON1900, 1910, 2030, 2010, 2210, 2220; ITAL 2010, 2020; MUSC 2100; PHIL 1010, 1020, 1030; RUSS 2010, 2020; SPAN 2010, 2020; THEA 2100

Group V. Cross Cultural Awareness: AAH 2100; HIST 1720, 1730; HON1930, 2090; MUSC 2100; POSC 1020; REL 1020

Group VI. Science and Technology in Society: HIST 1220, 1240; HON1940, 2010, 2060

Group VII. Other: ACCT 2010, 2020; GC 1040, 2070, 2150; HON 2070; MGT 2010; MKT 3010; PRTM 2010, 2700

4b. Departmental Honors Program

The Departmental Honors program in Biological Sciences or Microbiology gives upper-level Honors students the opportunity to pursue in-depth study and research with a faculty member in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, or other approved program. Departmental Honors is normally completed during the junior and senior years. To be considered for the Departmental Honors program, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher and the approval of the department. Contact Honors advisor Dr. Christina Wells for details. Students who successfully complete the requirements for Departmental Honors are awarded a certificate and a medallion.

Biological Sciences and Microbiology students typically earn Departmental Honors in Biological Sciences or Microbiology. However, with the express written approval of the Honors Director and the chairs of the appropriate departments, permission may be granted for Departmental [*] Honors to be earned in an area of study other than Biological Sciences or Microbiology.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact and meet with a potential Departmental Honors faculty research advisor. This may be a faculty member whose course you particularly enjoyed or a faculty member whose research interests match your own. Not all faculty members will have a project available for Departmental Honors students; please contact individual faculty by email to determine whether they are willing to serve as a research advisor.

Departmental Honors in Biological Sciences

To graduate with Departmental Honors in Biological Sciences, the student must complete at least 12 hours of Honors courses with a minimum grade of B in each. Six of the twelve hours must come from one or more departmental honors research courses . Courses taken for Departmental Honors must be Honors courses. Honors courses may count towards General Honors or Departmental Honors -- but both. Details of the required coursework are given below:

Six research hours:

BIOL 4910 (HON): Complete 6 hours of Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences over continuous semesters under a single research advisor and write an honors thesis

-or-         

BIOL 3940 (HON)/4940 (HON) : Complete 6 hours of Selected Topics in Creative Inquiry I or II over continuous semesters under a single research advisor and write an honors thesis. These credits may include BIOL 3940, BIOL 4940 or both.

-or                             

MICR 4910 (HON): Complete 6 hours of Undergraduate Research in Microbiology over continuous semesters under a single research advisor and write an honors thesis.

-or-                           

MICR 3940 (HON)/4940 (HON): Complete 6 hours of Selected Topics in Creative Inquiry I or II over continuous semesters under a single research advisor and write an honors thesis. These credits may include MICR 3940, MICR 4940 or both.

Research results from BIOL/MICR 3490, 4910 or 4940 will form the basis for an honors thesis written in a style appropriate for publication. Students must also present their thesis research publically, either at a scientific meeting or to the Biological Sciences faculty.

Six additional hours of coursework:

In addition to their research hours, students must take 6 credits of 3000-4000 level Honors courses from the following list. If a given course does not offer an Honors section, you may request Honors credit for the course by means of an Honors Contract.

BIOL 3020             Invertebrate Biology (3)

                  BIOL 3030             Vertebrate Biology (3)

                  BIOL 3040             Biology of Plants (3)

                  BIOL 3350             Evolutionary Biology (3)

                  BIOL 4000             Insect Morphology (4)

                  BIOL 4010             Plant Physiology (3)

                  BIOL 4060             Introductory Plant Taxonomy (3)

                  BIOL 4080             Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (3)

                  BIOL 4090             Comparative Vertebrate Morphology Laboratory (2)

                  BIOL 4110             Limnological Analyses (2)

                  BIOL 4140             Basic Immunology (3)

                  BIOL 4200             Neurobiology (3)

                  BIOL 4320             Animal Histology (3)

                  BIOL 4330             Animal Histology Laboratory (2)

                  BIOL 4400             Developmental Animal Biology (3)

                  BIOL 4410             Ecology (3)

                  BIOL 4420             Biogeography (3)

                  BIOL 4450             Ecology Laboratory (2)

                  BIOL 4460             Plant Ecology (3)

                  BIOL 4470             Plant Ecology Laboratory (2)

                  BIOL 4500             Developmental Biology Laboratory (2)

                  BIOL 4560             Medical and Veterinary Parasitology (3)

                  BIOL 4570             Medical and Veterinary Parasitology Laboratory (2)

                  BIOL 4580             Cell Physiology (3)

                  BIOL 4590             Systems Physiology (3)

                  BIOL 4610             Cell Biology (3)

                  BIOL 4700             Behavior Ecology (3)

                  BIOL 4750             Comparative Physiology (3)

                  BIOL 4760             Comparative Physiology Laboratory (2)

                  BIOL 4840             Human and Comparative Vertebrate Embryology (3)

Honors courses will be selected with the approval of your advisor. Honors sections of BIOL/MICR 3490, 4910 and 4940 require the consent of the instructor, and students are therefore expected to identify and meet with a faculty research advisor prior to registering.

Departmental Honors in Microbiology

To qualify for Departmental Honors in Microbiology, the student must have earned an A or B in MICR 3050 (General Microbiology). To graduate with Departmental Honors in Microbiology, the student must complete at least 12 hours of Honors courses with a minimum grade of B in each. Six of the twelve hours must come from one or more departmental honors research courses . Courses taken for Departmental Honors must be Honors courses. Honors courses may count towards General Honors or Departmental Honors but both. Details of the required coursework are given below:

Six research hours[**] :

BIOL 4910 (HON): Complete 6 hours of Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences over continuous semesters under a single research advisor and write an honors thesis

-or-         

BIOL 3940 (HON)/4940 (HON) : Complete 6 hours of Selected Topics in Creative Inquiry I or II over continuous semesters under a single research advisor and write an honors thesis. These credits may include BIOL 3940, BIOL 4940 or both.

-or                             

MICR 4910 (HON): Complete 6 hours of Undergraduate Research in Microbiology over continuous semesters under a single research advisor and write an honors thesis.

-or-                           

MICR 3940 (HON)/4940 (HON): Complete 6 hours of Selected Topics in Creative Inquiry I or II over continuous semesters under a single research advisor and write an honors thesis. These credits may include MICR 3940, MICR 4940 or both.

Research results from BIOL/MICR 3490, 4910 or 4940 will form the basis for an honors thesis written in a style appropriate for publication. Students must also present their thesis research publically, either at a scientific meeting or to the Biological Sciences faculty.

Six additional hours of coursework

In addition to their research hours, students must take 6 credits of 3000-4000 level Honors courses from the following list. If a given course does not offer an Honors section, you may request Honors credit for the course by means of an Honors Contract.               

MICR 4000           Public Health Microbiology (3)

                  MICR 4010           Microbial Diversity and Ecology (3)

                  MICR 4070           Food and Dairy Microbiology (4)

                  MICR 4100           Soil Microbiology (3)

                  MICR 4110           Pathogenic Bacteriology (3)

                  MICR 4120           Bacterial Physiology (3)

                  MICR 4130           Industrial Microbiology (3)

                  MICR 4140           Basic Immunology (3)

                  MICR 4150           Microbial Genetics (3)

                  MICR 4160           Introductory Virology (3)

                  MICR 4170           Cancer and Aging (3)

Honors courses will be selected with the approval of your advisor. Honors sections of BIOL/MICR 3490, 4910 and 4940 require the consent of the instructor, and students are expected to identify and meet with a faculty research advisor prior to registering.


 [*]I see you have it here – maybe just add it above and save the space?

 [**]Use same format as above. We almost always accept Biol 4910/3940/4940 for this.