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Engineering Honors students majoring in electrical engineering or in computer engineering must meet the academic and non-academic requirements for this track.

We have also included a sample course plan to be used as a guide when selecting courses each semester.

Academic Requirements

Students must earn at least 21 hours of honors credits (undergraduate honors courses with HNR prefix or graduate courses) in courses offered by the College of Engineering or Science*.

*Any course offered by the College of Science (e.g., biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or statistics) can be used to fulfill Engineering Honors requirements, as long as it is approved as part of the student's degree plan.

Your hours must consist of the following:

  • At least 12 hours must be engineering credit (including honors ENGR courses plus honors courses from all departments or majors)
  • At most 3 hours can come from satisfactory/unsatisfactory coursework
  • No more than 6 hours of graduate courses registered for undergraduate credit
  • 1 hour of Engineering Honors Seminar (ENGR 181H)
  • At least 3 honors credits in an ECEN 400-level or approved graduate course
  • 6 total credits of ECEN 403H and ECEN 404H taken as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program; ECEN 403H and ECEN 404H are undergraduate research (ECEN 491H) replacements**

For ways to earn honors credit, please visit the General Requirements page.

**Students can use no more than 6 hours of research towards the total 18 hours. Research credits can consist of ECEN 403H, ECEN 404H, 485H and/or 491H.

Graduation requirements:

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • Earn a GPA of 3.25 or higher in honors courses
  • Earn no grade lower than a B in the required honors courses
  • Receive no honor code violations
  • Complete a thesis with the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Program
  • Take at least one approved honors course during each academic year (and pass with a grade of B or better)
  • A minimum term grade point average of 3.25 in the final semester
  • No grade below C on the transcript

Non-Academic Requirements

  • Honors Required Meeting: Meet with the Engineering Honors-ECEN Track Coordinator during each regular semester
  • Activity: Participate in at least two ECEN Engineering Honors program-approved activities (marked with an * on the calendar) each regular semester
  • Annual Report: Submit an annual Engineering Honors report in May of each year

Features of this Track

  • Special honors faculty advisors: The ECEN Engineering Honors Coordinator serves as an advisor for the students in the Engineering Honors ECEN track and meets with each student in the program at least once during each semester that the student is registered for courses on the Texas A&M College Station campus. Additionally, each Engineering Honors scholar in the ECEN Track will work with a research advisor to complete a thesis through the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Program.
  • ECEN Mentorship with Industry Program: This program connects honors students with an industry member who will help honors students with career decisions, provide company and industry insight and offer industry coaching.
  • ECEN Honors Student Ambassadors Program: Honors students selected in this program participate in recruitment, outreach and development activities in the ECEN department.

Curriculum Notes

  • The ECEN department offers honors sections for all sophomore and junior courses.
  • Honors sections are available for a few senior courses. If an honors section is not available for a senior course, students may still request an honors section after obtaining the instructor's approval.
  • Any 600-level or 700-level ECEN course can be used for honors credit except for ECEN 681, ECEN 684, ECEN 685, and ECEN 691.
  • Engineering Honors Scholars may complete regular sections of senior design courses (ECEN 403 and ECEN 404) in addition to their UGRS and Honors Thesis requirements, if they so choose.
  • Independent study courses (ECEN 285H, ECEN 485H) and research courses (ECEN 491H) require prior approval of the ECEN Engineering Honors Coordinator.