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Current Students

Current students will find answers to questions about academic requirements, housing, scholarships and grants, as well as many of the forms necessary to process student records.

Use the Make an Advising Appointment button, above, to schedule your own advising appointments. All advisors are skilled in the many majors and tracks LSA Honors students pursue. If you have a regular advisor, you may seek by the name, or you may seek appointment availability by date, day, or time. 

Below, the Quick Links will connect you to frequently visited areas under Current Students. You will also find forms, scholarship and grant information, housing details, and more, from the buttons in the task bar on the right. If you have additional questions, please email ask.honors@umich.edu.

Honors Core Curriculum for Winter 2019

Use the links below to read the full LSA Course Guide description of each course. 

HONORS 222.001 | Are We Alone? (NS, QR/2)
Instructor: Eric Bell

HONORS 230.001 | The Corporation (SS)
Instructor: Matthew Hull

HONORS 230.010 | Histories of Human Experimentation (SS)
Instructor: Joel Howell

HONORS 231.001 | Reading the Quran (HU)
Instructor: Karla Mallette

HONORS 232.001 | The Anthropocene (BS, NS)
Instructor: Anne McNeil

Honors Seminars for Winter 2019

HONORS 251.001 | The Symphonic Century: Music and Revolution in the 19th Century (HU)
Instructor: Naomi Andre

HONORS 354.001 | Race and Identity in Music (HU, RE)
Cross listed with AAS, RCHUMS, & WOMENSTD
Instructor: Naomi Andre

 

Departmental Honors Courses for Fall 2019

By selecting Honors under Special Offerings in the LSA Course Guide, students will find a fairly comprehensive list of Honors courses available for the term. Depending on course coding used by the department, you may find other courses throughout a search, but this is a great start in planning your schedule.

ASTRO 101, 102, 115

Option for an Honors Structured Study Group (SSG) for Honors credit exists. See instructor.

BIOLOGY 171 – Introductory Biology:  Ecology and Evolution (NS)

Section: 002, 004 (LEC), Sec 200, 201 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Meghan Duffy

BIOLOGY 171 is a one-term course in ecology and evolutionary biology that, together with BIOLOGY 172 and 173, collectively form the introductory biology course unit.

The primary aims of BIOLOGY 171 are:

to provide factual and conceptual knowledge concerning the origin and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity

to give an integrated overview of biological organization including genes, individuals, kin groups, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems

to engage with biological hypotheses dealing with prominent current issues such as human evolutionary origins, emerging diseases, conservation biology and global change

to develop critical-thinking and writing skills.

Topics in BIOLOGY 171 are divided among three primary areas:

Mendelian genetics and evolutionary processes

Biodiversity, organismal biology

Ecology

BIOLOGY 172 – Introductory Biology – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental (NS)

Section: 002, 004 (LEC), Sec 011 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Matthew Chapman, Gyorgyi Csankovszki

BIOLOGY 172 is a one-term course in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology that, together with BIOLOGY 171 and 173, collectively forms the introductory biology course sequence.

The aims of BIOLOGY 172 are:

to provide factual and conceptual knowledge of how cells, organs, and organisms work; and

to develop scientific hypothesis-testing and critical-thinking skills.

CHEM 210

Option for Structured Study Groups (SSG) exist. See instructor.

CHEM 211 – Investigations in Chemistry (NS)

Section: 400 (LEC), Sec 411-415 (LAB) Honors

Instructor:  John Wolfe

Chem 211-400 is a science and project-oriented section of CHEM 211 that is meant for students who wish to take CHEM 211 at a slightly higher level. The location of the course is in the upper-level laboratory rooms, so the sections are slightly smaller and better equipped for testing out original ideas. The last third of the course is a relatively independent project. Students who complete Chem 211-400 will receive a designation of "Honors" on their transcripts. However, the course is open to all students (it is not limited to those in the Honors College).

Honors option for CHEM 230 and CHEM 260–Compute to Learn

GEOG 145/INTLSTD 101– Introduction to International Studies (SS)

Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 012 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Greta Uehling

This is the introductory core course for the International Studies major at the University of Michigan. The course explores human rights, human development and human security in historical and comparative perspective using multiple disciplinary approaches. The curriculum is divided into six modules that cover:

globalization; international relations and organizations; human rights and humanitarianism; global environment and health; human development; and culture and identity.

Honors: Students in the Honors section will have discussions with the primary instructor for the course. These discussions will address special topics that build on material covered in lecture, and enable the students to explore key topics of international significance in more depth.

Students in the Honors section will also write a longer paper and make one short presentation to their group.

 

GTBOOKS 191 – Great Books (HU, FYWR)

Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 002-014 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Sara Ahbel-Rappe

This course provides students an introduction to some of the most influential ancient texts of the western tradition as well as the rudiments of college-level writing. The narratives of Homer, the Bible, tragedy, and fifth-century prose furnish the subject matter for a series of small exercises and larger drafted essays to guide students through the practice and refinement of specific skill-sets of writing. With the help of oral and written feedback from section leaders and peers, students will learn critical reading and writing skills which are essential to success in the advanced stages of their academic programs as well as their later professional lives.

The "Greek classics" and the narratives of the Old Testament highlight Physical, Intellectual, and Moral Struggles: of the individual against self, society, Others, and gods; of the city against its neighbors, as well as against its people and even its own ideals; of the ideal against the reality. These texts have endured for thousands of years as the basis of "the canon" of western literature because their picture of the human condition resonates, particularly in times of conflict and uncertainty. GTBOOKS 191 will thus regularly reflect upon these works’ continued relevance to our own times. In addition to becoming better readers and writers, students will acquire practice in conducting respectful yet rigorous debate, a broader cross-cultural understanding, and an appreciation for ancient literature’s timeless relevance to contemporary political and cultural issues.

HISTORY 215 - The History of Disaster (HU)  

Section: 001 LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Douglas Northrop

This topical, comparative course ranges widely through space and time to explore the history of natural disasters: fires, floods, famines, hurricanes, tornadoes, epidemics, tsunamis, earthquakes, blizzards, volcanoes, and more. We begin with the ancient world (Gilgamesh) and come up to the present day. Course projects involve teamwork as well as hands-on sessions at the Kelsey Museum.

INTLSTD 101/GEOG 145 – Introduction to International Studies (SS)

Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 012 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Greta Uehling

This is the introductory core course for the International Studies major at the University of Michigan. The course explores human rights, human development and human security in historical and comparative perspective using multiple disciplinary approaches. The curriculum is divided into six modules that cover:

globalization; international relations and organizations; human rights and humanitarianism; global environment and health; human development; and culture and identity.

Honors: Students in the Honors section will have discussions with the primary instructor for the course. These discussions will address special topics that build on material covered in lecture, and enable the students to explore key topics of international significance in more depth.

Students in the Honors section will also write a longer paper and make one short presentation to their group.

LATIN 231 – Roman Kings and Emperors

Section: 004

Instructor:  Donka Markus

This course reviews grammar as it introduces you to the masters of classical Latin prose and poetry through readings from Livy, Caesar, Catullus and Ovid (first centuries B.C. and A.D.). The goal is to acquire efficient reading, translation and study skills while exploring texts, concepts and historical traditions that shed light on Rome's growth into an Empire. Free tutoring and computer support for self-practice are available to help you succeed in the course.

MATH 156 – Applied Honors Calculus II (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002, 003, 004 

MATH 156 is part of the applied Honors calculus sequence for engineering and science majors. Applications and concepts receive equal treatment. Theorems are stated precisely and are derived, but technical details are omitted. Examples are given to illustrate the theory. Critical thinking and class participation are encouraged. The goal is to provide students with the solid background needed for subsequent courses in mathematics, engineering, and science. 

MATH 175 – An Introduction to Cryptology (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002

This course is an alternative to Math 185 as an entry to the honors calculus sequence. The course stresses discovery as a vehicle for learning. This is an IBL course, where students will be required to work in groups and experiment in class. The course has two different aspects, namely class time (twice a week) and lab time (once a week). Grades will be based on worksheets, homework and class participation, with a strong emphasis on homework. Personal computers will be a valuable experimental tool in this course and students will be asked to learn to program in one of MATHEMATICA or SAGE. Moreover, for the write-up of the worksheets, the use of LaTeX is highly recommended, but not required. 

MATH 185 – Honors Calculus I (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001

Most students take calculus in high school, and it may seem that there isn't much new to learn. The goal of this course is to develop the familiar concepts of calculus using a more rigorous and theoretical approach. In particular, with its emphasis on how to use appropriate mathematical language, this course lays a solid foundation for future math courses, and is suitable for students intending to pursue a major in mathematics, science, or engineering who desire a more complete understanding of the underpinnings of calculus. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program. 

MATH 285 – Honors Multivariable and Vector Calculus (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002, 003

The sequence Math 185-186-285-286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program. 

MATH 286 – Honors Differential Equations (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001

The sequence Math 185-186-285-286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program. 

MATH 295 – Honors Mathematics I (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002

Math 295-296-395-396 is the most theoretical and demanding honors math sequence. The emphasis is on concepts, problem solving, as well as the underlying theory and proofs of important results. It provides an excellent background for advanced courses in mathematics. The expected background is high school trigonometry and algebra (previous calculus is not required, but is helpful.) This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LS&A Honors program. Math 295 and 296 may be substituted for any Math 451 requirement. Math 296 and 395 may be substituted for any Math 217 requirement. 

For more information on these courses, please visit the Department of Mathematics webpage

 

PHYSICS 160 – Honors Physics I (NS, QR/1)

Section: 001

PHYSICS 160 covers the fundamental principles of mechanics using a modern perspective and is intended for students who have had significant exposure to physics at the high school level and/or have AP credit for physics. It emphasizes the applicability of these laws in systems ranging from binary stars to nuclear collisions. This class will be different, and more interesting, than any physics course you have taken yet.

The goals of the course are:

Application of fundamental principles to a wide range of systems, i.e., from nuclei to stars (unify mechanics)

Integrate contemporary physics (atomic models of matter, relativistic dynamics)

Engage students in physical modeling (idealization, approximation, assumptions, estimation)

Integrate computational physics (now a partner of theory and experiment) into problem solving

PHYSICS 161 – Honors Introductory Mechanics Lab (NS)

Section: 001, 002, 003

PHYSICS 161 is a three-hour weekly laboratory designed to accompany PHYSICS 160.

This lab introduces students to the core concepts of physics, namely careful observations, both quantitative and qualitative, followed by comparison with appropriate mathematical models that serve as the basis for descriptive interpretation. Course material is focused on developing a good understanding of the concepts and principles of Newtonian mechanics while providing sophisticated experiments for demonstrating the validity of these fundamental paradigms.

PHYSICS 260 – Honors Physics II (NS, QR/1)

Section: 001

PHYSICS 260 is a continuation of PHYSICS 160 and introduces the theory of electromagnetic phenomena. This course will introduce you to:

The deeper physical meaning of the concepts

A rigorous mathematical approach, using vector calculus when applicable

Problem solving including computer use

Contemporary applications

If you like physics and math, appreciate the deeper meaning and derivation of concepts and equations, and if you like to do problems, you are in the right course.

PHYSICS 261 – Honors Electricity and Magnetism Lab (NS)

Section: 001

PHYSICS 261 is a three-hour weekly laboratory designed to accompany PHYSICS 260. This lab introduces students to the core concepts of physics, namely careful observations, both quantitative and qualitative, followed by comparison with appropriate mathematical models that serve as the basis for descriptive interpretation. Course material is focused on developing a good understanding of the concepts and principles of Newtonian mechanics while providing sophisticated experiments for demonstrating the validity of these fundamental paradigms. The analytical techniques require high school level algebra and some familiarity with statistical measures of significance, procedures common to any scientific, technical, or medical area of inquiry. Although not an academic requirement, it is assumed that the students will have some basic skills in using a computer at the level of a word processing program or similar application task.

PSYCH 114–Honors Introduction to Psychology

Section: 001

Instructor: Twila Tardif

This course is designed to introduce Honors students to contemporary psychology. At the end of this class, the student should realize that psychological research addresses a wide range of issues, and that the methods used to study these issues are equally numerous. In order to achieve these objectives, this course will cover a broad range of topics:

Part one is a general introduction to psychology (definitions, history, methods).

In Part two, we will look at psychology on four levels of analysis, namely

on a biological level (nervous system, behavioral genetics, and evolutionary psychology),

a "basic processes" level (perception, learning, memory, information processing, motivation, and emotion),

on a level considering the person as a unit (development, personality theories, psychopathology, treatment of mental disorders), and finally,

on a "social / cultural" level, which focuses on understanding the individual in a social / cultural context (social cognition, social influence, social interaction: intragroup and inter group processes.).

In Part three, we will study one specific problem, namely stress in college, and how psychologists study this problem

on a biological level (stress and health, sleep, eating behavior),

on a basic process level,

on a person-centered level (are there personal styles that might make coping with stress easier?), and

on a social level (how does social support influence our adjustment to stress?).

STATS 280 – Honors Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001 (LEC), 002, 004 (LAB)

STATS 280 will provide in-depth discussion of models and methods that are appropriate to specific situations, criteria for selecting among them, their strengths and weaknesses and their conceptual footing. Interactive learning will be emphasized in lectures and the laboratory module. During the lab, students will learn to use modern statistical software for visualization and data analysis, and carry out the computational parts of lab assignments.

STATS 280 includes derivations of basic statistical results such as expected values and sampling variances using techniques from pre-calculus mathematics. Students will also be expected to master quantitative relationships such as scaling relationships between variances, sample sizes, and standard errors.

Definition and summary of univariate and bivariate data, distributions, correlation, and associated visualization techniques; randomization in comparative studies and in survey sampling; basic probability calculus, including conditional probabilities, concept of random variables and their properties; sampling distributions and the central limit theorem; statistical inference, including hypothesis tests, confidence intervals; one sample and two sample problems with binary and continuous data, including nonparametric procedures; analysis of variance; simple and bivariate regression; simple design of experiments; chisquare and rank-based tests for association and independence.

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