Honors Option Authorization

Department Code Authorized Courses Guidelines
Accounting and Information Systems ACC, ITM

All courses except for ACC  250

1. An Honors Option is available at professor's discretion. Because of other commitments, a faculty member may not be able to offer the option.
2. Honors Options will not be offered in courses taught by graduate assistants unless the H-Option supervision is provided by a faculty member. Faculty here is defined as Board-appointed faculty and those designated as Professors of Practice in our Department.
3. To receive H-Option credit, a student must earn a grade of 3.0 or higher in the regular course and a 3.0 or higher on the additional Honors Option work.
4. An Honors Option is not independent study and does not substitute for a regular course.

Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing ADV, RET

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Aerospace Studies AS

Only AS 321, 322, 421, 422

Honors Option available at instructors' discretion. Because of other commitments, a faculty member may not be able to offer the option. Students with Honors College membership or 3.5 CUMGPA are eligible. Others must be recommended by the academic adviser and the instructor will decide on eligibility.

African American and African Studies AAAS

AAAS 100, 300, 390, 495

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean ANR

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Animal Science ANS

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Anthropology ANP

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Applied Engineering Sciences AESC

Only AESC 210, 310

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Art, Art History, and Design ATD, HA, STA

ATD at the 200-level or above, all HA, STA 112, and all STA at the 300-level or above

1) An Honors Option agreement must be completed and signed by both student and instructor, and a copy of the agreement must be turned into the Department office by the end of the first week of the semester.
2) Graduate student instructors are not permitted to offer the Honors Options in their courses.

Arts and Letters Dean AL, AMS, GSAH, HED

All courses except  for internships (AL 493A, 493B, 493C)

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BMB

All Courses except for BMB 100, 101, 200, 471

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics BLD

All except BLD 324L, 424L, 433, 436, 437, 438

The student must perform satisfactorily (at least at the 3.0 level) in the regular work in the class to receive the H-Option.

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering AE, ATM, BE

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Business BUS

BUS 190, 230, 231, and 491

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science CHE, MSE

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Chemistry CEM

All 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses in Chemistry

Honors Options will not be offered by graduate student instructors unless the H-Option is supervised by faculty or academic staff. Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Civil and Environmental Engineering CE, ENE

All Courses

Honors Options will not be offered by graduate student instructors unless the H-Option is supervised by faculty.

Communication COM

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Communication Arts and Sciences Dean CAS

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Communicative Sciences and Disorders CSD

-All courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Community Sustainability CSUS

All Courses

This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here: http://honorscollege.msu.edu/honors-options-regular-courses-guidelines

Computer Science and Engineering CSE

All Courses

In general, the H-Option designation will be given only to students who earn a 3.5 or 4.0 in the course under the same criteria applied to all other students in the course and who have done a significant project (research paper, a major extension of course material, etc.) that is in addition to the regular requirements in the specific course.

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education CEP

Only 150, 240, 301, 416, 441A, 441B, 442A, 442B, 444, 445, 449, 451, 452

1) Students must earn 3.0 or better in the course.
2) H-Options not to be offered in courses taught by graduate assistants unless supervision is provided by a regular faculty member.

Criminal Justice CJ

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Economics EC

All except EC 201, EC 202, EC 301, EC 302 and EC 340. 

Honors Options will not be offered by graduate student instructors.

Electrical and Computer Engineering ECE

All Courses

Contact instructor during first two weeks of semester for specific requirements. Plans for Honors Options in courses taught by graduate student instructors must be approved by the supervising faculty member in advance.

Engineering Dean EGR

All Courses 

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

English ENG

All courses numbered 210 and above, with the exception of ENG 232.

1.   Only regular faculty members may offer H-Option work in English.

2.   Although a teacher may require that plans for H-Option work be prepared in the first week of a term, a teacher may allow a student to make plans for the H-Option later than the first week of the term [but no later than mid-term]

3.   A minimum course grade of 3.0 is required in addition to satisfactory completion of the H-Option project to receive the H-Option designation.

Entomology ENT

All Courses

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Environmental Economics and Management ABM, EEM, EEP, FIM

All Courses

Honors Option available at instructors' discretion.  Because of other commitments, a faculty member may not be able to offer the option.  Students with Honors College membership or 3.5 GPA are eligible.  Others must be recommended by the academic adviser and the instructor will decide on eligibility.

Epidemiology EPI

Only Epi 200, 290, 390, and 490

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Film Studies FLM

All courses numbered 210 and above

1.   Only regular faculty members may offer H-Option work in Film Studies

2.   Although a teacher may require that plans for H-Option work be prepared in the first week of a term, a teacher may allow a student to make plans for the H-Option later than the first week of the term [but no later than mid-term].

3.   A minimum course grade of 3.0 is required in addition to satisfactory completion of the H-Option project to receive the H-Option designation.

Finance FI, GBL

All except GBL 295 (where a corresponding Honors course exists).

1. An honors option (H-option) is available at the professor's discretion. Because of other commitments, a professor may decline to offer the H-option.

2. H-options will not be offered in courses taught by graduate assistants unless the H-option supervision is provided by a faculty member. Faculty here is defined as regular (tenure-stream) and fixed-term faculty appointed in the department.
3. To receive an H-option, a student must earn a grade of 3.5 or higher in the course to which the H-option is attached.

4. The requirements of the H-option must be acceptable to both the student and the professor. A typical H-option might require a 15-20 page research paper, although other projects requiring a commensurate amount of study and reflection are possible. Recent examples of non-traditional H-options within the department include participation in a book club (with readings, note preparations, and discussions with other Honors students and the professor) and in a lecture series of prominent speakers from industry.

Fisheries and Wildlife FW

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Food Science and Human Nutrition FSC, HNF

All Courses

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Forestry FOR

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

French, Classics and Italian CLA, FRN, GRK, ITL, LTN, ROM

All except 1st- and 2nd-year language courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Geography GEO

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Geological Sciences GLG

Only GLG 201, 202, 301, 302, 304, 321, 351, 361, 401, 411, 421, 422, 431, 433, 434, 470, 471, 481, 499

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

History HST

All Courses

Student must earn 3.5 or better in course.

Horticulture HRT

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Hospitality Business HB

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Human Development and Family Studies & Child Development HDFS (formerly FCE)

All except 320L, 321L, 424, 490 (which has an Honors version), 493

1) Honors Option is available at professor's discretion. Because of other commitments, a faculty member may not be able to offer the option.<br>

2) To receive H-Option credit, a student must earn a grade of 3.0 or higher in the course.

Human Medicine HM

HM 101 

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Human Resources & Labor Relations HRLR

HRLR 211

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Integrative Studies - General Science ISB, ISP

All Courses

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Integrative Studies - Social Science ISS

All sections eligible pending written approval by Director

1) Honors Option is available at professor's discretion. Student must contact instructor during first two weeks of semester for specific requirements. H-Options are limited to Fall and Spring semesters.
2) Instructor must contact the CIS Director by the end of the third week of the semester to register the H-option requirements and confirm authorization.
3) Student must earn at least a 3.0 grade in the course to receive credit for the Honors Option.

Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities IAH

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

James Madison College MC

All except MC 299, 399, 400, 401

Students may exercise an H-Option if they are members of the Honors College or have a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Students who do not meet either of these requirements but would like to exercise an H-Option may do so if they persuade the instructor that they have a special competence or interest in the subject matter of the course and H-Option. In order to earn Honors credit, students must complete all requirements for the H-Option satisfactorily and earn 3.5 or better in the course.

Journalism JRN

All except courses taught by graduate teaching assistants and by part-time, temporary faculty.

Required that student and instructor sign a written contract authorizing the requirements to fulfill the H-Option in the course.

Kinesiology KIN

Only KIN 216, 250, 310, 320, 330, 345, 355, 360, 365, 371, 421, 425, 426, 445, and 465

1. Students must earn 3.0 or better in the course.
2. H-Options not to be offered in courses taught by graduate assistants unless supervision is provided by a regular faculty member.

Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian & African Languages AFR, ARB, ASN, CHS, ESL, GRM, HEB, JPN, KOR, LIN, LL, LLT, RUS

All except first- and second-year language and composition courses

Honors Option Agreement must be completed and approved by midterm of semester. A 3.0 or better in course is also required. Honors Options permitted in courses taught by graduate student instructors, if faculty supervisor oversees the Honors Option.

Lyman Briggs College LB

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Management MGT

Only courses in which faculty concurs H-Option is appropriate

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Marketing MKT

All except MKT 293, 313, 327

1) Honors College students in good standing.
2) Achieve a 3.0 grade or better in the course excluding the additional work for the H-Option.

Mathematics MTH

Only 400-level courses and MTH 235, 309, 310, 320 and 340

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Mechanical Engineering ME

All except ME 481

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Media and Information MI

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics MMG

All Courses

1) Honors Option is available at an instructor's discretion. Because of other commitments, a faculty member may not be able to offer the option.
2) The H-Option requirement will normally entail a significant project of superior quality (a research paper, a major extension of course material, etc.). This project is in addition to the regular requirements of the specific course.
3) At the instructor's behest, an H-Option agreement may be drawn up and be signed by the student and the instructor.
4) The student must adhere to the timeline established for the project.
5)Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit, but at the instructor's discretion, a course may require a higher minimum grade.
6) Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations."

Music MUS

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Natural Science Dean NSC, ISE, MTHE

Only NSC 390, 490, 491, 495, 499 and ISE 301, 320, 401, 420, and MTHE 430

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations. Our ISE classes fall under the Center for Integrated Studies-General Science. Gabe Ording is the Director of the Center and Merle Heidemann is the Associate Director should you need additional approval.

Neuroscience Neu

Only NEU 301,302, 310, 341, 420, 435, 490, 492

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Nursing NUR

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Packaging PKG

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Pharmacology and Toxicology PHM

Only PHM 350, 430, 431, 450, 480

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Philosophy PHL

All Courses

A student wishing the H-designation should secure the instructor's permission to pursue an H-Option as early as possible, certainly no later than the end of the first week of the semester. The student should fill out two copies of the "Request for an H-Option" form and have the instructor sign them. The H-designation shall be awarded only if the student completes both the regular work of the course and the additional work for the H-Option at a level of quality of not less than 3.5.

Physics and Astronomy AST, PHY

All except PHY 251, 252

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Physiology PSL

All Courses

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Planning, Design, and Construction CMP, IDES, LA, UP

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Plant Biology PLB

All Courses

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences PSM, CSS

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Political Science PLS

All Courses

1) Student must earn 3.0 or better in the course.
2) H-Options not to be offered in courses taught by graduate assistants unless supervision is provided by a regular faculty member.

Psychology PSY

All except courses graded on a P-N basis.  (PSY 246, 247, 325, 371, 372, 480, 491)

To receive H-Option credit a student must earn a grade of 3.0 or higher. A student who is not a member of the Honors College must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 to be permitted to attempt an H-Option.

Radiology ANTR

Only ANTR 440

1) The Honors designation is granted only if the student attains a 3.5 or higher course grade during the semester in which he/she is enrolled in ANTR  440.
2) The student does not have to be a member of the Honors College to participate.
3) An H-Option Agreement must be signed by the student and supervising faculty member no later than 10 days after the first day of class.
4) The requirements detailed in the H-Option Agreement must be completed no later than 7 days after the day of the regularly scheduled final exam in ANTR 440.
5) The Department of Anatomy reserves the right to annually review and modify the unit specific guidelines stated above.

Religious Studies REL

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Residential College in the Arts and Humanities RCAH

All RCAH courses are available for an H-Option, at the discretion of the faculty member, with the exception of 292C, 391, 392 and 491.

The H-Option shall be awarded only if the student completes both the regular work of the course and the additional work for the H-Option at a level of quality of not less than 3.5. The student should secure the instructor's permission to pursue an H-Option as early as possible, but no later than the end of the fourth week of classes. The "Honors Option Agreement" or its equivalent must be completed and signed by the student, and endorsed by the faculty member; each should retain a copy of the agreement.

Social Science Dean SSC

Only SSC 290, 490, 493, 496, and SSC 499 

SSC 290, 490, 496, and SSC 499 are available as an Honors Option only with the prior written approval of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs or the Director of Academic Student Affairs.

Social Work SW

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Sociology SOC

All except any class that has an H-section; SOC 496, 497, 498, 499

Available to students who are members of the Honors College or have permission of the instructor.  Arrangements must be made between each student and the instructor, preferably prior to the first day of the course.  Credit for the H-Option will be given only if the student earns at least a 3.0 grade in the course, under the same criteria applied to all other students in that course, and upon satisfactory completion of a significant independent project in addition to regular course requirements.

Spanish and Portuguese PRT, SPN

All except 1st- and 2nd-year language courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Statistics and Probability STT

All Courses

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

Supply Chain Management SCM

All Courses

1) Honors College students in good standing.
2) Achieve a 3.0 grade or better in the course excluding the additional work for the H-Option.

Teacher Education TE

All Courses

1) Students must earn 3.0 or better in the course.
2) H-Options not to be offered in courses taught by graduate assistants unless supervision is provided by a regular faculty member.

Theatre DAN, THR

All courses except 290, 300, 300A, 300C, 490

1) An Honors Option is available at professor's discretion. Because of other commitments, a faculty member may not be able to offer the option.
2) Honors Options will not be offered in courses taught by graduate teaching assistants unless the H-Option supervision is provided by a faculty member.
3) To receive H-Option credit, a student must earn a grade of 3.0 or higher in the regular course and a 3.0 or higher on the additional Honors Option work.
4) An Honors Option is not independent study and does not substitute for a regular course.

Veterinary Medicine Dean VM

Only VM 130, 205, 250, 255, 275,  305

1) Student must earn 3.0 or better in the cours 
2) Graduate students instructors are not permitted to oversee Honors Options.

Women's Studies Program WS

All except WS 493

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures WRA

All Courses

-This unit is following the University Policy for the Honors Options. It can be found here.

Zoology BS, ZOL, IBIO

All except BS 110, 111, 111L (BS 161, 162, 171, and 172 as of FS11)

Students must earn a 3.0 or greater in a course in order to be eligible for Honors Option credit. Students may not earn Honors Option credit for tutoring/help room consultations.

FOR US 16:
courses offered by this department will still be listed as ZOL

FROM FS 16 onward:
courses offered by this department will be listed as IBIO

NOTE that as of 3/16/16, 
in Schedule of Courses for FS 16 and SS 17
all of our undergraduate courses are listed as IBIO.