A student must achieve and sustain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, both overall and in the major program to be eligible for the OR&E Honors Program.
Timing: Applications must be received no later than the end of the third week of the first semester of the senior year. Students may apply and be admitted to the program as early as the first semester of their junior year.
Procedures: The application to the program shall be a letter from the student describing the specific proposed honors program. Each applicant must have a faculty advisor to supervise that student’s individual program. The honor advisor need not be the student’s faculty advisor. Each program must be approved by the Associate Director, and any change to the student’s program must also be approved.
The B.S. degree with honors is granted to engineering students who satisfy the requirements of the OR&E Major and who also complete nine credit hours of academic work beyond the minimum required for the B.S. degree; these nine credits must be from the following categories, with at least four credit hours in the first:
- Advanced courses in ORIE at the 5000 level or above.
- A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of an ORIE faculty member using ORIE 4999, ORIE Project. A significant written report must be submitted as part of this component.
- A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member in ORIE using ORIE 4990, Teaching in ORIE.
No research, independent study, or teaching for which the student is paid may be counted toward the honors program.