Chemistry Honors Program

The Chemistry Honors courses are open to any students at Indiana University.  This program is designed for well-qualified and highly motivated students who wish to acquire a strong foundation in chemistry.  Our goal has always been to provide our students with the highest quality educational experience that is possible.  Often the best students need to be challenged at a higher level, and that can only be accomplished in the context of small courses of highly motivated students with dedicated instructors.  Honors classes differ significantly in the depth and breadth of subject matter.  Enrollments are limited to ensure strong faculty-student interaction.  Most students completing the honors program enter graduate or professional school.
We teach honors sections of the following courses:

Students who show special abilities and interest in any of our mainstream courses may seek an invitation to apply for admission to the appropriate follow-on honors courses (talk to the department or the instructor of the next course for approval).  It is not necessary to be a Chemistry or Biochemistry Major; in fact, most of the students in our honors courses are not!

Participation in the Honors Program in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University affords several benefits:

Characteristics of Honors Students

In general, successful Honors students are:

Graduation with Departmental Honors

Participants are expected to complete the requirements for a B.S. in Chemistry or Biochemistry and earn a 3.3 cumulative G.P.A.  Although honors courses are offered in general chemistry (S117) and organic chemistry (S341, S342, S343) and inorganic (S330), students are not required to take honors courses to graduate with departmental honors.  We feel that the honors courses are the best preparation for students pursuing graduate and professional school.  Participants must engage in undergraduate research by completing a G410 thesis.

Undergraduate research, the heart of the Honors Degree Program, normally begins during a student's sophomore or junior year, although it can start as early as the freshman year.  Each student works closely with a faculty advisor and his or her research group and is expected to participate in all aspects of the research problem by becoming familiar with the original research literature, participating in the design and evolution of his or her project, and aiding in the interpretation of the results.  Results of the research are presented through an oral presentation (or poster presentation, depending on the semester) and submitted as a written G410 Honors thesis prior to graduation.