University Honors Engineering Alternative Curriculum

All Honors admits must take an honors course in their first semester in the program. Honors First-Year Seminars fulfill this requirement for First-Year students entering directly from high school. For others, an Honors general education  course or contract course would fulfill this requirement, among other options.

University Honors Engineering Alternative - University Honors recognition generally requires 12 s.h. of coursework plus 12 s.h. of experiential learning. Engineering majors may choose to complete an alternate set of requirements in which selected experiences may substitute for coursework.

A.    These requirements apply to all Engineering students regardless of how or when they enter the Honors Program. Half the 24 credits (12) must be completed within 6 semesters of full-time registration as an Honors student (with the exception of the Grand Challenges Program), and 6 of the 24 hours must be honors coursework.

B.     All Honors admits must take an honors course in the first semester in the program

C.     Students may satisfy the 24 credit requirement through the following options or combination of options:

1.      Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program

·         completely satisfies the University Honors requirements for Engineering students

2.      Honors coursework (including graduate coursework)

·          may apply a maximum of 12 semester hour credits

3.      Mentored research

·          may apply a maximum of 12 credits (10 hrs/wk for a semester = 3 credits)

·         Summer semester research at 20 hrs/wk counts as 6 credits

4.      Study abroad for one semester (fall or spring) or the equivalent time in summer and between-semester experiences = 6 credits

·         all study abroad requires students to carry out an independent project while abroad and to conduct a poster presentation or write a report on the project

·         may apply a maximum of 12 credits

5.      A registered internship or co-op

·         40 hrs/wk for 15 weeks (one semester or the equivalent time in summer and between-semester experiences)  = 6 credits; 20 hrs/wk = 3 credits

·         40 hrs/wk for 10 weeks (summer internships) =  4 credits; 20 hrs/wk = 2 credits

·         may apply a maximum of 12 credits

·         students are required to register their internship with the College and meet the College requirements for reporting and evaluation

6.      An Engineering community engagement experience

·          See http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/ess/honors for the Engineering Community Engagement Experience Verification form, required to have these experiences count as honors credits

·         may apply a maximum of 10 credits total from all these experiences, no more than 4 from a single area

·         each experience listed below counts as 2 credits per semester

(a)    A leadership role in an Engineering student organization

(b)   Engineering Teaching Assistant

(c)    Hanson Center for Technical Communication Peer Consultant

(d)   Engineering Tutor

(e)    Engineering Student Ambassador

(f)    Engineering Peer Advisor

7.      Honors in the major – counts as 12 credits