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Chemistry Honors Program

The Chemistry Honors Program offers students a challenging program of advanced study where they can develop research skills as well as written and oral communication skills.


The Chemistry Honors Program is envisioned as a way for students to develop independence, collaborative skills and a deeper understanding of chemistry required for careers in both industry and graduate school. Membership in the Chemistry Honors Program is available to students who have exceptional academic standing and who elect to satisfy additional requirements outlined below.  Our current group of Honors students can be found here.

Admission to the Program

Students are typically invited to join the Chemistry Honors Program in their sophomore or junior year. Eligible students are those majoring in chemistry that have earned an overall GPA of at least 3.5 after completing 30 (but fewer than 65) credit hours at NC State. Chemistry transfer students who have earned an overall GPA of 3.5 after completing at least 15 credit hours at NC State (and a total of 30 credit hours of college coursework) will be eligible after their first semester at NC State.

Program of Study

Honors students are expected to complete 9 credit hours of coursework that satisfies the criteria listed below. Courses must be completed with a B- or better.

  • Courses at a level of 300 or above from at least two of the following categories may be selected: 1) courses designated as honors or regularly-offered courses where student obtains an honors contract, 2) graduate level courses (500 or above), 3) independent research (CH499).
  • Minimum of 6 credit hours must be taken in the Department of Chemistry.
  • If a course is taken outside of chemistry if must focus on a topic in chemistry or a closely related field (director approval required).

Independent Research

Honors students are required to complete a minimum of two semesters of independent research (CH499). Students are also expected to present research results either at the NC State University Undergraduate Research Symposium or a local/regional/national professional meeting. Students will also complete an honors thesis summarizing their research during the last semester before graduation. For additional information on research opportunities in the Department of Chemistry, click here.

Advising of Honors Program Students

Students in the honors program will be advised by the Chemistry Honors Program Director. The program director will assist with developing a plan of study as well as provide feedback during the preparation of the research poster and honors thesis.

Honors Program Recognition

Graduating seniors in the Honors Program receive a certificate signed by the dean of the College of Sciences and the director of the College of Sciences Honors Program Committee. Mention is made on the student’s transcript and in the commencement program. Recognition will be given by comment in letters of reference to potential employers and to graduate school admissions committees.


If you have additional questions about the Chemistry Honors Program please contact the Program Director, Dr. Ana Ison at