IMSE Honors Program
The IMSE Honors Program follows the general rules, regulations, and philosophy of the College of Engineering Honors Program, and as such is intended to encourage, facilitate and reward independent study in high ability undergraduate students.
Undergraduate Honors Project
The heart of the program is an Undergraduate Honors Project, undertaken and completed by the time of graduation while enrolling in a total of 3 or 6 hours of IMSE 4995 (Undergraduate Honors Research) credit. The academic credit for the Honors Project (i.e., 3 or 6 hrs of IMSE 4995) can be used to satisfy an equivalent number of technical elective and/or IMSE Elective hours towards the BSIE degree.
The project is conducted under the direction of an IMSE professor (honors adviser) who is selected by the student, with agreement by the professor. The project culminates in an honors thesis, which is read and approved by the honors adviser and a second reader, then approved by the Chair of the IMSE Honors Committee. A finished copy of the honors thesis, signed by the honors adviser and second reader, is required for satisfactory completion of the project.
Academic Qualifications for the Honors Program
Honors students must maintain and graduate with a 3.0 overall GPA. In the case of a transfer student, their transferred credit plus their MU credit will average 3.0/4.0. Students must have a minimum of 60 credit hours.
If a student pursuing the honors program fails to satisfy the 3.0 GPA requirements, the project credit effectively becomes technical/IMSE elective credit under the heading of IMSE 4085 (Problems in Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering).
The successful Honors Scholar is given a degree of flexibility in their BSIE degree program. The Honors Scholar may replace up to 12 credit hours of IMSE & Technical electives with an equivalent number of 7001+ IMSE electives. The advantage of taking electives at the 7001+ level is that it gives the Scholar a head start on a graduate degree. Registration for 7001+ courses as an undergraduate will require the Scholar to apply for dual enrollment. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will assist with the application for dual enrollment.
Honors Enrollment Process and Forms
When the academically qualified student determines he/she is interested in considering the Honors Program, he/she should submit an “IMSE Undergraduate Honors Program Application” form at the time of pre-registration for IMSE 4995. The form is available from the Honors Program Director.
Subsequently, the student establishes a work plan with the Honors Adviser that provides sufficient time (approximately 2 semesters) for formulation, completion and proper documentation of the Honors Project.
Upon successful completion of the foregoing items, as confirmed by the IMSE Honors Program Director to the College Honors Committee Chair, the student is designated as an Honors Scholar on both his/her diploma and transcript.
Additionally, the signed copy of the bound Honors thesis is maintained by the IMSE Department.
The student will need to submit the “IMSE Application to Graduate with Honors” before “Reading Day” the semester they are graduating.