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Honors Experiences

Honors Experiences are meant to enrich a student’s undergraduate education. They encourage students to extend their learning both inside and outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Benchmarks

  • At least 3 credits must come from non-coursework categories, denoted with *.
  • A total of 3 Honors Seminars may be taken.
  • Courses in your major may be used to meet the Honors Experience requirements.
  • You must complete honors experiences in at least two of the categories listed.
  • A maximum of 6 credits (equivalent to 270 hours) will be granted in any one petitioned experience.

To remain in good standing in the Honors College, Honors scholars are required to complete 21 credits of coursework. Scholars must complete a minimum of 5 credits by the end of the freshman year (credits earned through the Honors Colloquium and Honors Seminar) and 13 credits total must be completed by the end of the junior year to maintain good standing in the Honors College.

In addition to your two credit Honors Colloquium and Honors Seminar(s) during your freshman year, students select and complete 16 credit hours of Honors Experiences from the following list before graduation:

  • Undergraduate Research*

    Students collaborate with faculty mentors on an ongoing faculty research or creative activity project, or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry-based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research or creative activity setting. Either the student’s own project or the faculty member’s project to which the student is contributing should utilize the methods for creating new knowledge that are recognized in the field and should result in a unique contribution to the field of knowledge.

    • Departmental Course Number – 498.
    • Minimum is 1 credit.
    • For every 45 hours completed, 1 credit is awarded.
    • Up to a maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned per research experience.

    Please Note: Honors scholars already enrolled in departmental research credit (e.g., PSY 498, CHE 290) do not need to follow the process detailed below in order to receive Honors experience credit as the credits will automatically be picked up.

    If your department is not able to offer you research credit or if you are completing an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at another school, you can still receive Honors credit by submitting an Honors Petition. Requests for Honor Experience credit via the petition process should be submitted by the following deadlines:

    • Fall: September 15
    • Winter: January 15
    • Spring: February 15
    • Summer: June 15

    Petitions received after the aforementioned deadlines will be reviewed in the following cycle. Decisions will relayed to you via email within 4 weeks of the posted deadlines.

    In order to complete the petition process, you will be asked to submit a reflection paper to the Honors College and for your supervisor’s contact information. When you submit the petition completion form, your supervisor will be automatically be sent request to confirm the number of hours you completed in this experience. Your supervisor will not receive your reflection paper. Petitions will not be accepted and added to your Honors record without supervisor approval.

  • Independent Study*

    Students have the option of individualized student work under the guidance of a faculty member. Independent study courses are intended to pursue topics that are not currently offered through regular coursework at UB. Independent study may be the focal point in the design of an individual program or it may merely add desired depth or breadth to a student’s formal degree program. To enroll in independent study, students must identify a member of the faculty or appropriate professional staff member willing to sponsor their work and gain approval of the appropriate department.

    • Departmental Course Number – 499.
  • Internship or Practicum*
    • Departmental Course Number – 496.
    • Minimum is 1 credit.
    • For every 45 hours completed, 1 credit is awarded.
    • Up to a maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned per internship.

    Please Note: Honors scholars already enrolled in departmental internship/co-op credit (e.g., MAE 496, ES 429, theatre practicums) do not need to follow the process detailed below in order to receive Honors experience credit as the credits will automatically be picked up during our review.

    If your department is not able to offer you internship credit, you can still receive Honors credit by submitting an Honors Petition. Requests for Honor Experience credit via the petition process should be submitted by the following deadlines:

    • Fall: September 15
    • Winter: January 15
    • Spring: February 15
    • Summer: June 15

    Petitions received after the aforementioned deadlines will be reviewed in the following cycle. Decisions will relayed to you via email within 4 weeks of the posted deadlines.

    In order to complete the petition process, you will be asked to submit a reflection paper to the Honors College and for your supervisor’s contact information. When you submit the petition completion form, your supervisor will be automatically be sent request to confirm the number of hours you completed in this experience. Your supervisor will not receive your reflection paper. Petitions will not be accepted and added to your Honors record without supervisor approval.

  • Study Abroad*
    • Departmental Course Indicator – OPR 481, 482, 483, 484, 485.
    • Students completing fewer than 3 credit hours must petition the Honors College to have this experience counted.
    • Your study abroad program may be completed during the fall, spring, summer or winter.

    Learn more about the travels and adventures of some recent Honors alums.

  • Undergraduate Supervised Teaching*
    • Departmental Course Number – 495.
    • Student must be enrolled in the appropriate course by the end of the Drop/Add Period.
    • The following additional TA opportunities are acceptable:
    • Gifted Math TA: For more information, call: 716-645-4467
    • Math Place Lab Tutors: If you choose to receive the credits, they appear on your transcript as ULC 499 and can be used towards your Honors Experiences.
    • Center for Excellence Writing Lab: Writing consultants may be able to earn Honors Experience credit for this position by submitting an Honors Petition Request.
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  • Accepted Honors Coursework

    The following coursework, including major-specific capstones, will automatically count for Honors Experience credit once grades for the semester post. No additional action is needed for the courses listed below. Remember that you must be enrolled in the appropriate coursework by the end of the Drop/Add Period.

    NOTE: If your Capstone is not found on the pre-approved list below, a note from the instructor or department stating that the course was a capstone will be required.

    Courses Approved for Honors Experience Credit
    Department Course Number Title Credits
    AAS 363 Directed Readings 3
    AHI 400 Senior Tutorial 1-3
    AHI 497 Honors Thesis Tutorial 3
    APY 338 Field Research Archaeology 6
    APY 444 Ethology Practicum 3
    ARC 404 Architecture Design Practicum Up to 9
    ARC 467 Research Practice Up to 9
    ART 494 Senior Thesis Project 3
    ASI 300 University Honors Seminar 3
    ASI 400 Service Learning in Buffalo Public Schools 3
    BCH 401 Introduction to Research 1
    BE 493 Research and Design in Biomedical Engineering 3
    BE 494 Senior Capstone Project 3
    BIO 487 Honors Research Methods 2
    BMS 492 Biomedical Sciences Seminar 1
    CDS 480 Clinical Observation 1
    CDS 493 Honors Research Seminar 3
    CE 404 Product Design 4
    CE 408 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 4
    CHE 105 Honors Chemistry I 5
    CHE 106 Honors Chemistry II 5
    CHE 251 Honors Organic Chemistry I 5
    CHE 252 Honors Organic Chemistry II 5
    CHE 290 1
    CHI 494 Senior Capstone Course 3
    CIE 415 Professional Practice 3
    CIE 416 Civil Engineering Capstone Design 3
    CIE 447 Sustainability 3
    CIE 449 Environmental Engineering Design 3
    CIE 475 Geometric Design of Highways 3
    CL 426 Archaeology Practicum: Turkey 3
    CSE 442 Software Engineering Concepts 4
    CSE 453 HW/SW Integrated System Design 3
    DAC 337 Zodiaque Dance Studio 4
    DAC 338 Zodiaque Dance Studio 4
    DAC 340 Dance Studio 1-8
    DAC 442 Choreography II 1-4
    DAC 455 Special Topics in Dance 0-4
    DAC 481 Research In Dance 3
    DAC 482 Research In Dance 3
    EAS 493 Interdisciplinary Capstone Senior Design Seminar 1
    ECO 380 Economic Statistics and Data Analysis (Section H only) 3
    ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory (Section H only) 3
    ECO 406 Topics in Microeconomics (Section H only) 3
    ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory (Section H only) 3
    ECO 480 Econometrics I (Section H Only) 3
    ECO 488 Practicum in Financial Economics I 3
    ECO 489 Practicum in Financial Economics II 3
    EE 408 Senior Design Implementation 1
    EE 413 Communication Electronics 3
    EE 494 Senior Capstone Design Project 3
    END 418 Global Innovation Challenge 1
    ENG 394 Writing Workshop (counts in internship category) 3
    ENG 400 Honors Seminar 3
    ENG 401 Honors Early Literature 3
    ENG 437 Advanced Writing Workshop 3
    ENG 470 Special Topics 3
    ENG 480 Creative Writing Capstone 3
    ES 429 ES Internship up to 9
    ESL 320 Conversation Seminar 2-3
    GEO 470 Integrated Environmental Management 3
    GER 494 Senior Capstone Course 3
    GGS 392 Thesis writing class 3
    GGS 490 Senior Seminar: Research Project 3
    GGS 494 Senior Capstone Course 3
    GLY 407 Field Work 3-6
    GLY 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology 2
    GLY 449 Climate Change and Sustainability 3
    GLY 493 Pegrum Colloquium 1
    GR 444 Reading Greek Literature 3
    HMN 380 Writing Center Theory and Practice 3
    IE 409 Six Sigma Quality 3
    IE 420 Industrial Systems Lab 3
    IE 494 Senior Capstone Industry Project 3
    INF 430 Applied Informatics Research 3
    INF 494 Informatics Capstone 3
    JPN 494 Senior Capstone Course 3
    LAI 490 Seminar & Practicum In Early Childhood 3
    LAT 443 Reading Latin Literature 3
    MAE 434 Aircraft Design 3
    MAE 451 Design Process and Methods 3
    MAE 494 Design Project 3
    MFC 333 Section INT 3
    MGB 360 Leadership Development I 2
    MGB 361 Leadership Development II 1
    MGO 403 Fundamentals of Strategic Management 3
    MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry 4
    MT 402 Clinical Immunology 4
    MT 405 Clinical Immunohematology 4
    MT 407 Clinical Chemistry 6
    MT 408 Hospital Chemistry 3
    MT 409 Clinical Microbiology 3
    MT 410 Hospital Microbiology 3
    MT 411 Clinical Hematology 4
    MT 412 Hospital Hematology 3
    MT 413 Clinical Elective 3
    MT 414 Hospital Blood Bank 3
    MT 416 Clinical Parasitology 1
    MT 417 Laboratory Education and Seminar 2
    MT 419 Phlebotomy 1
    MT 420 Clinical Correlations 1
    MT 421 Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluids 1
    MTH 153 Honors Calculus 1 4
    MTH 154 Honors Calculus 2 4
    MTH 251 Honors Calculus 3 4
    MTR 405 Gemms Musical Theatre Company 1-4
    MUS 450 Senior Thesis 4-6
    NSG 348 Introduction to Nursing Research 3
    NSG 368 Human Sexuality Research 3
    NSG 373 Therapeutics Practicum 3
    NSG 375 Women and Children Practicum 4
    NSG 447 Advanced Clinical Nursing 3
    NSG 474 Health and Restoration Practicum 4
    NSG 479 Clinical Seminar: Complex Acute Care 1
    NSG 481 Acute Care Practicum 4
    PHC 413 Pharmaceutics Seminar 1
    PHC 414 Pharmaceutics Seminar 1
    PHI 401 Honors Tutorial 1-8
    PHI 402 Honors Tutorial 1-8
    PHY 117 Honors Physics 1 4
    PHY 118 Honors Physics 2 4
    PSC 490 Honors Seminar 3
    PSC 492 Pre-Law Honors Seminar 3
    PUB 494 Modern Public Health Problems and Solutions 4
    OT 472 Level 1 Fieldwork A 1
    SOC 471 Projects in Social Research 3
    SSC 315 Field Ecology 3-6
    SSC 479 Environmental Education Practicum I 3
    SSC 493 Ecology of Unique Environments 3
    TH 135 Production Practicum 1
    TH 136 Production Practicum 1
    TH 235 Production Practicum 1
    TH 236 Production Practicum 1
    TH 335 Production Practicum 1
    TH 336 Production Practicum 1
    TH 340 Makeup Studio 1-4
    TH 341 Studio Lab I 1-4
    TH 342 Studio Lab II 1-4
    TH 343 Studio Lab III 1-4
    TH 344 Studio Lab IV 1-4
    TH 345 Costume Construction Studio 1-4
    TH 346 Costume Design Studio 1-4
    TH 347 Scene Design Studio 1-4
    TH 348 Lighting Design Studio 1-4
    TH 349 Technical Studio 1-4
    TH 350 Properties Studio 1-4
    UBE 102 Dynamics of Leadership 2
    UE 201 Experiential Learning Network: Sophomore Seminar 1
  • Graduate Coursework
    • Departmental Course Number – 500 or higher.
    • You must be enrolled in the appropriate graduate course by the end of the Drop/Add Period. Please note: For courses cross-listed as undergraduate/graduate, you must be registered for the graduation section for it to count towards your honors experiences.
    • You must complete the Current Semester Undergraduate Registration in a Graduate Course (PDF) paperwork to enroll in an graduate level course for undergraduate credit. This includes gaining permission from the instructor to take the course. If you are unable to access or use the PDF, please contact the Honors College at 716-645-3020 or honors@buffalo.edu.
  • Departmental Honors Thesis or Project*
    • Student not accepted into a departmental Honors program must complete the Thesis Proposal form (PDF). If you have been accepted into a departmental Honors program, you do not need to complete an application. The credit will automatically be counted towards your Honors Experiences upon successful completion.
    • The completed thesis must be submitted to Honors College using the Thesis Approval form (PDF).
    • Both faculty advisors must sign off on the form.
    • Your thesis results must be presented to a larger academic community (i.e. Celebration of Academic Excellence, departmental presentation, professional conference, Open House, etc.).
    • If you are unable to access or use any of the forms presented on this page, please contact the Honors College at 716-645-3020 or honors@buffalo.edu.
  • Contract Honors Coursework
    • Honors students can contract directly with one of their faculty instructors to complete extra work in a course and submit it as an Honors contract.
    • A final assessment from your faculty supervisor must be submitted to the Honors College.
    • Students will earn Honors experience credit for the contracted course as long as they pass the course. However, please note that in order to receive a "H" designation on your transcript next to the course grade, you must earn a grade of "B" or higher.
    • Honors contracted courses must be at the 200 level and above.

    Description of the Honors Contract

    The Honors Contract permits students to turn a regular university course into an Honors course by contracting with the instructor to complete extra work. The contract involves an agreement among the honors student, a UB faculty member, and the University Honors College. All of the terms stated in the contract must be successfully completed by the agreed upon due date in order for the student to receive honors credit.

    The contract project should add an academic dimension by introducing new material or by allowing the student to go into greater depth than normally required in some aspect of the course. Contracts may also be service-learning focused through student engagement in a service project and reflection related to the course content. It should be made clear on the Contract for Honors Credit how this work exceeds regular course requirements. Since a faculty member must supervise the contract, students should select faculty who have the time to oversee their projects to completion.

    Honors Contracts will not be accepted later than the end of the second week of the semester or the first week of a summer session.

    Time Involved

    Students should expect to spend approximately 30 hours of work or service hours (including reflection) during the semester or summer session to complete their honors contracts. Faculty should expect to add individual student supervision meetings and any necessary lab time to their current semester workload.

    Ideas for Honors Contracts

    • An independent research project with lab work and demonstrable results.
    • Performing service hours related to the course topic along with meaningful reflection (service-learning).
    • Writing a major research paper (in addition to any course requirement).
    • Foreign language: prepare a translation of a new author or dramatist.
    • Music: prepare a lecture or recital about a musician you have come to admire.
    • Writing: prepare a portfolio of creative writing.
    • Any other exploratory, creative, wide-ranging or experimental learning experience related to the content of the contracted course.

    When is the Contract Complete?

    The contract is complete when the instructor is satisfied with the student’s completed work per the terms of the contract by the due date. An evaluation form is sent to the course instructor at the end of the semester and must be signed by the instructor before being returned to the Honors office. Only then is the contract complete.

    Grading

    The Honors Contract does not affect the student’s grade in the course. To receive honors credit for the course, honors students must satisfactorily complete the terms of the contract during the semester that credit is earned. Students receiving an “I” in a course that they have contracted will not receive honors credit upon completion. Instructors will not penalize students who do not complete the terms of their honors contracts; these students will receive the grade earned in the class. Faculty must inform the University Honors College of the status of the contracted work at the same time they report grades for the course. A form will be mailed to the instructor for this purpose near the end of the semester.

    If you have any questions about contract coursework, please contact the Honors College at 716-645-3020 or by email at honors@buffalo.edu.

  • Honors Experience Petition

    Occasionally, an Honors student will complete a noteworthy experience and not earn academic credit or pursue an experience that does not fit into the existing categories of Honors Experiences. When this occurs, the student may petition to include the experience towards their Honors credits by submitting an Honors Experience Petition Request.

* Denotes non-coursework category

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