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At the bottom of the page, the Quick Links will connect you to frequently visited areas in the Current Students section of our website. You will also find forms, scholarship and grant information, housing details, and more, from the buttons in the task bar on the left. If you have additional questions, please email ask.honors@umich.edu.

The Atlas Schedule Builder is a useful course scheduling tool for students. Check out this Quick Start Guide for more information.

PLEASE NOTE:  When browsing in the Course Guide, the number of available seats in a section is listed in the Open Seats column. The number of seats in the Open Restricted Seats column does not reflect the actual number of open seats. 

Honors Core Curriculum for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021

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

Please note:  The course descriptions in the Atlas Course Profile tool may not be up-to-date. Refer to the LSA Course Guide for the most current course descriptions.

Summer 2021

Honors 240 / Wellness (SS, FYWR)

Entirely online

Instructor:  Mika LaVaque-Manty

 

Fall 2021

Honors 230 / The Corporation (SS)

Instructor:  Matthew Hull

Honors 240 / Wellness (SS, FYWR)

Two lectures offered-Sections 001 and 007

Instructor:  Mika LaVaque-Manty

GTBOOKS 191 (HU, FYWR)

Instructor:  Basil Dufallo

Honors Mini-Courses for First-Year Students for Fall 2021

 

Honors 135

Section 001 / Music and Healing

Section 002 / Making Better Choices: The Science of Decision Making

Section 003 / Philosophy of Gender

Section 004 / Defining Disease:  Anthropological Perspectives on the Illness

Section 005 / Visual Literature and the Rise of the Graphic Memoir

Section 006 / Applied Computer Vision in Medicine

 

Honors 170 / Navigating Honors:  Honors First-Year Experience

 

Honors Seminars for Fall 2021

Note:  Seminars are not Honors Core courses

Honors 250 / Evolution of Cognition and Social Science Ways of Knowing (SS)

Instructor:  William Birdsall

Honors 251 / The Symphonic Century: Music and Revolution in the 19th Century (HU)

Meet-together course with RCHUMS 356

Instructor:  Naomi Andre

Honors 354 / Race and Identity in Music (HU, RE)

Cross-listed with AAS354, RCHUMS 354, and WGS 354

Instructor:  Naomi Andre

 

Departmental Honors Courses for Fall 2021

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.

BIOLOGY 171 – Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution (NS)
Section: 002, 004 (LEC), Sec 200, 201 (DIS) LSA HNRS
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:
1. to provide factual and conceptual knowledge concerning the origin and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity
2. to give an integrated overview of biological organization including genes, individuals, kin groups, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems
3. to engage with biological hypotheses dealing with prominent current issues such as human evolutionary origins, emerging diseases, conservation biology and global change
4. 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 200 (DIS) LSA HNRS
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-Structure and Reactivity I (NS)
Saved Honors seats, no Honors attribute
Option for Structured Study Groups (SSG) exist. See instructor.
Honors for this course is related to participation in SSG only.

CHEM 211 – Investigations in Chemistry (NS)
Section: 400 (LEC), 410-415 (LAB)
CHEM 211 is a laboratory introduction to methods of investigation in inorganic and organic chemistry. Students solve individual problems using microscale equipment and a variety of techniques such as thin layer chromatography, titrations, and spectroscopy. Chem 211-400 is focused on techniques used for the synthesis, isolation, and purification of organic compounds, and the content differs from the 100, 200, and 300 sections.
Students who complete Chem 211-400 will receive a designation of "Honors" on their transcripts.

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

For further information, please contact the Chemistry Undergraduate Office.

ECON 101 – Principles of Economics I (SS, QR/2)
Section: 300 (LEC), Sec 313 (DIS) HNRS
This course introduces fundamental microeconomic concepts and analysis, This includes supply and demand; theories of the firm and consumer choice; and competition, monopoly, and imperfect competition. Throughout the semester, the course will stress applications of elementary economic theory to real-world issues and problems. We will address a number of policy questions including environmental regulation, price regulation, and redistributive spending and taxation.

GEOG 145/INTLSTD 101– Introduction to International Studies (SS)
Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 012 (DIS) LSA HNRS
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) **DESIGNATED AN HONORS CORE COURSE**
Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 002-013 (DIS) LSA HNRS
In this course, we’ll read a series of works from Greco-Roman antiquity long held to be among the “Great Books” of world literature. We’ll explore the ways in which these texts can still speak to us today because of their remarkably intense focus on central questions of human existence, such as: What makes you who you are? What makes a good life? What is justice? What is your relation to people different from yourself, whether because of their ethnicity, class, or gender? At the same time, however, we’ll ask why these texts, in particular, became “Great Books” because of the answers they provide to these questions, and whether these answers are still our answers. Students will, in addition, have the opportunity to write about modern books and films that are related to the ancient texts but come from diverse perspectives and national traditions.


INTLSTD 101/GEOG 145 – Introduction to International Studies (SS)
Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 012 (DIS) LSA HNRS
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
This course reviews grammar as it introduces you to the masters of classical Latin prose and poetry through adapted texts on Rome's history and through extensive passages from Caesar' De Bello Gallico, Augustus' Res Gestae and Vergil. Efficient reading, vocabulary and translations skills are the goal. In addition, you will acquire knowledge of meter and poetic style. The successful completion of the course allows you to fulfill the final semester of your language requirement with a 300 or 400 level Latin class which already counts towards a minor or major in a Classics-related field. For freshmen, LAT 301 or higher taken in their first year also carries automatically an honors notation. The graduate number for this course is LAT 503.

 

MATH 156 – Applied Honors Calculus II (MSA, QR/1)
Sections: 001 - 007
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: 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
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 Math 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:
1. Application of fundamental principles to a wide range of systems, i.e., from nuclei to stars (unify mechanics)
2. Integrate contemporary physics (atomic models of matter, relativistic dynamics)
3. Engage students in physical modeling (idealization, approximation, assumptions, estimation)
4. 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:
1. The deeper physical meaning of the concepts
2. A rigorous mathematical approach, using vector calculus when applicable
3. Problem solving including computer use
4. 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
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:
    I. Part one is a general introduction to psychology (definitions, history, methods).
    II. In Part two, we will look at psychology on four levels of analysis, namely
            a. on a biological level (nervous system, behavioral genetics, and evolutionary psychology),
            b. a "basic processes" level (perception, learning, memory, information processing, motivation, and emotion),
            c. on a level considering the person as a unit (development, personality theories, psychopathology, treatment of mental disorders), and finally,
            d. 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.).
   III. In Part three, we will study one specific problem, namely stress in college, and how psychologists study this problem
           a. on a biological level (stress and health, sleep, eating behavior),
           b. on a basic process level,
           c. on a person-centered level (are there personal styles that might make coping with stress easier?), and
          d. on a social level (how does social support influence our adjustment to stress?).

 

 

                       


 




 


 

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