Honors Program

Requirements for Graduation with Honors in Chemistry

Honors courses offered by the Department of Chemistry are Honors sections of already-existing courses in 1) CHEM 4900 – Directed Undergraduate Research, and 2) CHEM 4696 - Seminar. To obtain a degree with Honors in Chemistry, a student must

  1. Complete at least 3 hours of Directed Honors Research (Honors section of CHEM 4900). The student must prepare a description of the proposed Honors research for submission to the Department Honors Committee, which will approve (or disapprove) the proposal.

  2. Prepare an Honors thesis based on the Directed Honors Research.

  3. Complete 1 hour of Honors Seminar (Honors section of CHEM 4696), which involves a seminar presentation of the results of the Honors research and defense of the Honors thesis. The thesis must be successfully defended before a committee consisting of the Honors research director, plus two additional members of the Department, to be appointed by the Department Honors Committee.

  4. Have a GPA of at least 3.2 for all Honors work in Chemistry at UNC Charlotte, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for all UNC Charlotte course work, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for all course work in Chemistry at UNC Charlotte, and receive the grade of "A" for at least 3 hours of Directed Honors Research

Admission to the Honors Program

Consideration for admission to the Honors Program may be initiated by the student or by any faculty member. The Honors Committee of the Chemistry Department will formally approve admission. The student may be removed from the Honors Program at any time, upon his/her own request or upon the recommendation of the Honors Committee of the Chemistry Department. He/she will then exercise the option of (1) withdrawing from the Honors course(s) in accordance with the University policy on withdrawal or (2) switching from the Honors section of the course(s) to a regular (non-Honors) section of the course(s).

Please contact Dr. Dan Jones for more information about the Honors Chemistry Program

Note: While the Honors Program in Chemistry is intended primarily for chemistry majors, it is open to students in other majors who have the appropriate background in chemistry.


All students planning to graduate with honors must submit to the Honors College an Application to Candidacy Form with a thesis/project proposal by the deadline of the semester PRIOR to the semester in which they expect to complete the thesis/project. This process includes a review of the proposal by Honors Faculty and sometimes requires revisions. Plan ahead and contact your honors program director in your junior year to facilitate this process. He or she, as well as your thesis advisor and any reader(s), must review the proposal and approve it via signature before submission.

This Application to Candidacy process is required before taking any honors thesis/project courses on campus. Students who fail to complete this required step will not be able to proceed with the thesis/project, nor graduate with honors. For more information, including the form, deadlines, and guidelines, see http://honorscollege.uncc.edu/students/current-students.