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Dean’s List & Honors Programs

Dean’s List Requirements

Students who achieve 3.0-3.49 for a semester will be placed on the Dean’s Honor Roll. Students achieving 3.5-4.0 are placed on the Dean’s High Honor Roll. To be eligible, a student must complete 12 or more graded hours.

Engineering Honors Program

The Engineering Honors Program is designed to stimulate the College of Engineering’s more capable students to a level of achievement consistent with his/her potential. The program also seeks to prepare him/her for graduate school or professional work beyond the bachelor’s degree. These goals are achieved primarily through the application of individualized programs of study and an independent project.

Special Feature and Opportunities

  • Encouragement toward an in-depth involvement in a project (research, design or independent study) with an honors advisor of his/her choice through the mechanism of an independent project.
  • Opportunity to develop his/her creative, initiative and writing capabilities during inception and completion of his/her honors project.
  • Sense of accomplishment and recognition–all honors project reports will be retained by the department for permanent display.
  • Special advisement and opportunity to get graduate credit for courses taken during the senior year.

“Honors Scholar in Engineering” Designation

The diploma designation and official transcript designation “Honors Scholar in Engineering” shall be conferred upon those who satisfy the minimum criteria described in the following sections, plus any additional requirements specified by their major department.

At departmental discretion, academically qualified students may be allowed to participate in the honors program without fulfilling the minimum conditions of the independent project. However, such students will not receive the aforementioned honors designation.

Independent Projects

The independent project should be a major effort, stimulating the student to his/her greatest academic achievement. Minimum total credit for the independent project shall be 2 semester hours. The project is culminated by a formal written report, approved by the honors advisor and 1 other faculty member.

Academic Qualifications

The minimum academic qualification for participation in the honors program is a 3.0/4.0 GPA. In the case of transfer students, their transferred credit plus their MU credit should average 3.0/4.0.

In exceptional cases a student may participate without meeting the 3.0/4.0 academic qualification. Such students must be recommended by their department, and approved by the Engineering Honors Committee and Dean of Engineering.

Program of Study

The Engineering Honors Program requires no special considerations in the student’s program of study beyond the minimum requirements to receive a degree through his/her major department. Implied in this statement is the possibility of considerable flexibility in the honors participant’s program of study, with the primary constraints being the ABET guidelines.

A special feature of the Engineering Honors Program (subject to departmental approval) allows the total hours for the undergraduate degree to be reduced by as many as 6 hours to a minimum total of 120 semester hours, provided that an equal number of hours are successfully completed in graduate-level course work, taken while the student is dually enrolled for these course in the Graduate School.

Engineering Honors Committee

The responsibility for coordinating all honors activity among the departments of the college resides in the Engineering Honors Committee. This committee is appointed by the Dean of Engineering and consists of the Chair, a representative from each department offering an undergraduate degree (Directors of Departmental Honors), plus such others as may be appointed by the Dean of Engineering.

Departmental Honors Programs

All responsibility for the conduct of an honors student’s activity remains within the individual departments of the college. Coordination of the department’s efforts is normally handled by the Director of Departmental Honors and should consist of the following:

  • Identifying students with the capability of qualifying for and benefiting from the honors program, and enrolling these students into the student’s undergraduate career in order to allow minimum advantages to the student. In all cases such enrollment must occur no later than the first 2 weeks of the second semester prior to graduation.
  • Facilitating the contact between an honors student and an appropriate faculty member to serve as his/her honors advisor and project consultant.
  • Enhancing the attractiveness and student benefits of the departmental honors programs. This takes such form as special educational programs, field trips and social events for honors students.
  • Maintaining the necessary records on the departmental honors program, and providing liaison between the departmental honors program and the Engineering Honors and Innovation Committee.

Applying for the Engineering Honors Program

Early in the semester in which the departmental honors student plans to receive the B. S. degree (or late in the winter semester for August graduates), official application for the Engineering Honors Program is made to the Engineering Honors Committee. The application is submitted on a form provided by the Committee, is initiated by the student and processed by the student’s honors advisor, the Director of Departmental Honors and the Department Chairman. Following this, the Director of Departmental Honors presents the application form (with prescribed attachments) to the Committee. The Committee passes its recommendations regarding approved application on to the Dean of Engineering.

Receipt of the Engineering Honors Designation

The receipt of the designation “Honors Scholar in Engineering” becomes official upon completion of the program of study and independent project specified in the Engineering Honors application. Such completion is confirmed following the close of each semester by a written statement from the Director of the Departmental Honors to the Chairman of the Engineering Honors Committee.

The written statement provides the names of those students satisfying the specifications of their Engineering Honors Application (or offering supporting justification and endorsement for those students not meeting the full specifications of their applications). Additionally, the statement shall provide the name of each student’s advisor and the faculty member who served as second reader on the report resulting from the independent project.

The Chairman of the Engineering Honors Committee shall process this confirmation to the Dean of Engineering.

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities offered by the honors program, please contact your departmental honors director. Your Department Chairman can direct you to the right person.

Latin Honors

A student must have earned 60 hours on this campus to be eligible for Latin Honors, which will be determined by the MU grade point average. Below are the criteria regarding Latin Honors designation.

  • Cum Laude 3.5
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.7
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.9