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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

Special University Programs

University Honors Program


The University Honors Program (UHP), established by the Academic Senate in 1983, recognizes the achievements and capabilities of outstanding students. The program enriches undergraduate education by offering a personal, intensive approach to learning through small classes of 25 or fewer students. UHP students take a minimum of four honors-designated courses in their freshman and sophomore years, one of which must be an honors 444 seminar. These courses count toward the Discovery Program requirements that all students must fulfill. Students also must complete their department's honors-in-major requirements in order to earn a "University Honors" designation upon graduation (see the "Honors-in-Major" description below).

Honors Discovery Program courses are listed in the Time and Room Schedule under "Honors." Enrolling in honors courses requires permission from the UHP Office, located at 211 Hood House. Honors courses are open with special permission to non-honors students with a 3.2 or higher GPA on a space-available basis.


Currently, there are more than 50 different departments from all five of the University's undergraduate schools and colleges offering honors-in-major programs. Academic work for honors in major requires a minimum of 16 credits, at least four of which will be devoted to a senior thesis project. Students should familiarize themselves with their departments' requirements and should meet with their departmental Honors liaison ( After successful completion of the program, students will earn an honors designation on their transcripts and diplomas.

Honors-in-Major Programs

Animal Science Anthropology Arts Biochemistry
Biology Business Administration Chemistry Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Classics Communication Communication Disorders
Computer Engineering Computer Science Earth Sciences Economics
Electrical Engineering English Environmental Conservation Studies Environmental Horticulture
Environmental & Resource Economics Environmental Sciences Family Studies Forestry
French Geography German Health Management Policy
History Hospitality Management Humanities Kinesiology
Linguistics Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Medical Laboratory Science
Microbiology Music Nursing Nutritional Sciences
Occupational Therapy Outdoor Education Philosophy Physics
Plant Biology Political Science Psychology Recreation Management Policy
Russian Social Work Sociology Spanish
Theatre Wildlife and Conservation Biology Women's Studies Zoology


Admissions and Aid

Students gain admittance into the UHP in one of two ways:

  1. The Office of Admissions identifies a number of qualified incoming freshmen to be admitted to the honors program.
  2. Freshmen who demonstrate academic excellence are also invited to join the program.

To satisfy University Honors Program requirements, UHP students must meet designated grade-point average requirements. Students admitted to the program prior to the fall semester of 2008 must have a final cumulative grade-point average of 3.2, while students admitted to the fall semester of 2008 or thereafter must have a final cumulative grade-point average of 3.4. All students must meet the grade-point average requirements of their honors-in-major program.

Full-tuition and partial-tuition merit-based scholarships are available to a select number of incoming freshmen. Several partial-tuition scholarships are also awarded to upper-class students. For more information, contact Monica Chiu, Director, University Honors Program, 211 Hood House, (603) 862-3928, or visit the UHP website at

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