Honors Program

Departmental Honors in Chemistry or Biochemistry (graduation cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) are awarded to qualified majors, in recognition of scholarly achievement. Interested students should contact Anne McWilliams for referral to the departmental honors advisor, preferably prior to the Senior year.

Shervin Rahimpour, Biochemistry Photo By:Glenn J. Asakawa

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a Chemistry or Biochemistry major with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3, or obtain permission from the departmental honors advisor.
  • Complete advanced work, including a research project in chemistry or biochemistry. This requirement is normally satisfied by taking 6 (or more) credit hours of independent study (CHEM 4901).
  • During the final semester of undergraduate study, submit a written report based on research completed in CHEM 4901 and make a formal presentation based on this research to a committee of three faculty members. The committee normally includes the student's research advisor, the departmental honors advisor, and one faculty member from outside the department.

Chemistry students may be interested in General Honors, which may be pursued in addition to or instead of Departmental Honors. For more information, students should contact the departmental honors advisor or the Honors Department (http://www.colorado.edu/honors/).

Honors General Chemistry, CHEM 1351 and 1371, is highly recommended for all general chemistry students with strong preparation in math and in high school chemistry and physics. It is not necessary to be in the university Honors Program to take Honors General Chemistry. Students interested in honors general chemistry should contact one of the departmental advisors.


2014/2015 avademic year departmental honors advisors are Professors Joe Falke and Robert Parson.