Engineering Honors Program

The Engineering Honors program gives students the opportunity to interact with other high achieving students and with honors faculty, creating a community of scholars that combines the benefits of a small college with the resources of a major research institution.

Engineering Honors scholars have access to honors courses that have small enrollments, promoting close interaction between the faculty and students. Students receive specialized academic advising from leading faculty, participate in undergraduate research and engage in special activities for honors students, such as lunches with faculty, seminars and networking opportunities with leaders in academia and industry. 

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BENEFITS

EXPANDED COURSE OPTIONS - Engineering Honors Students have access to honors courses with greatly reduced class sizes allowing for discussion-based seminars or one-on-one instruction, where students are encouraged to speak, inquire, write, challenge, and do. Engineering Honors students also have the option to customize their curriculum by enrolling in Honors Independent Study or by enrolling in graduate-level courses for honors credit.

SPECIALIZED ADVISING - Honors students maintain close relationships with honors advisors, who help their students select beneficial courses to complete the honors track, present options for undergraduate research, and provide advice on career preparation and personal development.   They also give advice and suggest preparatory resources for students who wish to apply for prestigious nationally competitive fellowship and graduate programs. 

SEMINARS AND OTHER SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES - Honors students are invited to seminars and other special opportunities for interacting with world leaders in engineering and business, who will discuss career options they might never have considered.  

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH - An important component of the Engineering Honors program is an undergraduate research experience in which students engage in one-on-one research with our honors faculty and are integrated into their research groups. These experiences prepare students for graduate studies and make them more competitive for graduate admissions and fellowships.

PRIORITY REGISTRATION - Honors students have the opportunity to register two days prior to the start of the ordinary pre-registration period for continuing students.  Incoming freshmen have the benefit of registering for honors sections at their New Student Conferences.

HONORS DESIGNATION ON TRANSCRIPT AND RECOGNITION DURING COMMENCEMENT - Students who successfully complete all program requirements will receive a designation on their transcript. They will also be given special recognition during the commencement ceremony by wearing an Engineering Honors stole and lapel pin.

FAST TRACK GRADUATE PROGRAM - The College of Engineering has a program, referred to as Fast Track, which allows students to make progress towards a graduate degree while they are still an undergraduate.  Students can take certain graduate courses and receive credit for both the undergraduate and graduate versions of the course, enabling them to complete a BS and an MS in five years.   Engineering Honors students can use these courses towards the needed honors credits for the honors distinction. 

Requirements

  • Complete at least 18 Honors credits in courses offered by Engineering or Science. Included in these 18 credits are:
    • at least 12 credits of engineering courses which include any course offered by any department in the College of Engineering, including those offered by the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
    • If approved as part of a student's degree plan, any course offered by the College of Science (COS) (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics) can be used to fulfill EH requirements. Other courses offered outside of COS (e.g., Biochemistry) can be considered on a case by case basis, requiring approval by both the EH Director and the relevant EH Departmental Coordinator(s).
    • ENGR 181H (a one-credit seminar course that introduces students to the Engineering Honors program and assists students in planning their undergraduate career and beyond)
    • at least four (4) and at most six (6) Honors credits of undergraduate research (491H), and no more than 6 credits of 485H and 491H combined
    • at most 3 credits of S/U coursework
    • no more than 6 credits of graduate courses registered for graduate credit.
  • Complete any additional discipline-specific requirements specified in their major-specific track of the Engineering Honors Program. For more information look at the table below.   

Maintaining active status in the EH Program

To maintain Active Status in the EH program, students need to:

  • Be a student in good standing with the university, maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.5 and a GPA of at least 3.25 in honors courses;
  • *Meet with the EH Program Director or their EH Track Coordinator (after admission to a major) once each academic year (Fall or Spring) or once a semester (if in BAEN, CSCE, ECEN, ISEN, or NUEN) in which they are enrolled in courses on the Texas A&M College Station campus.
  • Participate in at least one EH program approved activity each regular semester (Fall or Spring) or two activities a semester (if in CSCE, ECEN, ISEN, or NUEN) in which they are enrolled in courses on the Texas A&M College Station campus, and
  • Submit an annual EH report after the end of each academic year describing their EH activities for the past year, their plans for the coming year and for meeting all EH requirements prior to graduation.

EH Scholars who fail to meet any of these requirements will be given a semester of probation to correct any deficiencies.  During the semester of probation, priority registration will not be available (for pre-registration for the following semester).  A student can still register for honors courses through their department advising office.

Students who fail to meet requirements after a semester of probation will be dismissed from the program.

*EH Scholars must self-report their advising meeting with the EH Program Director or Track Coordinator on eCampus using the instructions below:

  1. Log into eCampus
  2. Look under the "My Organizations" tab
  3. Select "Engineering Honors Community (2017-2018)" 
  4. Click the Content folder on the left hand side of the page
  5. Find the assignment entitled "Advisor_Meeting_FA17"
  6. Enter the date and the name of your Track Coordinator in the assignment text entry field
  7. Press Submit

Current students need to check their registration time each semester and notify the Engineering Honors office by emailing engineeringhonors@tamu.edu, at least 2 weeks before the start of priority registration to allow the offices involved to resolve any issues, otherwise the registration issue may not be resolved in time for registration.

To allow incoming freshman time to adjust to a new academic environment, students who join EH as incoming freshmen will not be placed on probation due to a GPA deficiency in their first semester; however, if the GPA deficiency remains after the second regular semester (Fall or Spring), then they will be on probation for their third semester.


Grade requirements at the time of graduation:

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5;
  • grade point average of at least 3.25 and no grade lower than a B in the required honors hours;
  • No honor code violation on record.

Students who complete the EH requirements will receive a certificate of completion and a notation on their permanent transcript.

Since EH is a college-level distinction, students with multiple majors in engineering will only receive one notation on their transcript, even if they satisfy the EH requirements for multiple majors; also, students with multiple majors will receive the distinction if they satisfy the requirements for at least one of their majors.

DEPARTMENT TRACKS:          
Aerospace Engineering EH-AERO Track Requirements AERO Honors Courses (Last 4 years) AERO Honors Faculty - Legacy Requirements(EH,AERO)
Biological and Agricultural Engineering EH-BAEN Track Requirements BAEN Honors Courses (Last 4 years) BAEN Honors Faculty - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Biomedical Engineering EH-BMEN Track Requirements BMEN Honors Courses (Last 4 years) BMEN Honors Faculty - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Chemical Engineering EH-CHEN Track Requirements CHEN Honors Courses (Last 4 years) CHEN Honors Faculty - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Computer Science and Engineering  EH-CSCE Track Requirements CSCE Honors Courses (Last 4 years) CSCE Honors Faculty Sample Schedules Legacy Requirements(EH,CSCE)
Civil Engineering EH-CVEN Track Requirements CVEN Honors Courses (Last 4 years) CVEN Honors Faculty - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Electrical and Computer Engineering   EH-ECEN Track Requirements ECEN Honors Courses (Last 4 years) ECEN Honors Faculty - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution EH-ETID Track Requirements - - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Industrial and Systems Engineering EH-ISEN Track Requirements - - - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Interdisciplinary Engineering EH-ITDE Track Requirements - - - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Mechanical Engineering EH-MEEN Track Requirements MEEN Honors Courses (Last 4 years) MEEN Honors Faculty - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Nuclear Engineering EH-NUEN Track Requirements NUEN Honors Courses (Last 4 years) NUEN Honors Faculty - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Petroleum Engineering EH-PETE Track Requirements PETE Honors Courses (Last 4 years) PETE Honors Faculty   - Legacy Requirements(EH)
Ocean Engineering EH-OCEN Track Requirements - - - Legacy Requirements(EH)


Requirements of the EH program prior to Fall 2015

  • 18 hours of honors credits in Engineering or Science.
  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA
  • Two 1 hour EH seminars. These count towards the honors credits.
    • ENGR 181H (or ENGR 281H): This course introduces students to the engineering honors program and assists them in planning their undergraduate career and beyond.
    • ENGR 381H: This course exposes students to current research topics in their field, provides them with support to get the most out of first hand participation in a research project as an undergraduate, and to prepare them to be competitive applicant for fellowships and graduate studies.
  • Research experiences: at least four (4) 485H or 491H credits in engineering (these count towards the 18 honors credits)
  • Senior thesis or copy of manuscript submitted to journal or conference with EH student as a co-author
  • Since Engineering Honors seeks to enrich the educational experience and enhance career opportunities, all students in EH must also follow the requirements in "Maintaining active status in the EH program" listed above and in their Departmental Track.

Options for students who started in EH prior to Fall 2015

  • All EH students: Students that started in Engineering Honors prior to Fall 2015 will have the option to move to the new program requirements or continue with the previous Engineering Honors requirements.
  • EH students who were also participating in the AERO or CSCE honors programs: Students that started in EH and in the Aerospace Engineering or in the Computer Science and Engineering Honors program prior to Fall 2015 will be allowed to continue in both programs, following the previous requirements, and will be eligible to receive both the EH and the departmental honors distinction upon graduation.

Students are encouraged to discuss their situation with their EH advisor to determine what is the best option for their particular case.