Fall Semester Honors Courses

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Note: Honors courses require enrollment of 10 or more students.

HONR 123 Honors Hike and Read (1 credit) - This class affords incoming freshmen the opportunity to informally interact with Honors faculty and students in a beautiful outdoor setting. Includes discussion of a pre-selected text, a spectacular day hike, lodging, delicious meals, and a wonderful campground in Hyalite Canyon.  All registration forms and payment must be received to secure your spot in Hike and Read.  The 2017 Hike and Read course is FULL!

HONR 131 Freshman Research Symposium (1 credit) - This symposium will provide a focused and interactive forum to introduce highly motivated students to the exciting possibilities of undergraduate research at MSU. The symposium will provide a comprehensive overview of the broad spectrum of research activity at MSU.  Two consecutive Saturdays in October. Click here for the application (may take a few moments to load) and return to the Honors College.

HONR 201US Texts & Critics: Knowledge and Imagination I (4 Credits) - This course substitutes for a University Seminar (US) core course and emphasizes critical reading/analysis of fundamental texts in the humanities, arts, communication, social studies, science, and history of ideas. Socratic teaching methodology. Particular emphasis on development of analysis and criticism through academic writing and oral argumentation presentations. *NOTE: This course, along with other US Core courses, may not be repeated.

HONR 210 Mentoring Gifted Students (2 Credits) - Honors College students mentor gifted students from the Bozeman Public Schools. Students meet together in seminar to discuss, plan, implement, and evaluate their projects.

HONR 291-002  Special Topics - Extreme Microbiology of Yellowstone (3 Credits) – This course will introduce you to the unique Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya inhabiting Yellowstone National Park’s geothermal hot springs. You will learn how microorganisms influence hot springs, contribute to the cycling of nutrients, and how these unique organisms are used in a variety of biotechnology applications. You will also visit these unique ecosystems on a field sampling trip, and through sample collection, laboratory work, and analyses you will develop culturing strategies needed to grow unique extremophilic organisms in high pH ecosystems. Finally, you will analyze your enrichment samples collected in the field via molecular techniques to determine their microbial diversity and the abundance of different populations.

Enrollment for this course is limited to 12 students, first preference will be given to honors microbiology and bioengineering students, with honors STEM field students second, then opened to other students until filled. Students will be encouraged to hike (with faculty accompaniment) seven miles one-way to the field sampling location, and camp for two nights at a backcountry campsite. Students that cannot do this for any reason can still participate in the lab/lecture portion of the course. Grades will not be penalized for not participating in the sampling events.  

HONR 292 Independent Study (1-3 Credits) - Directed research and study on an individual basis. Consent of instructor and approval of Honors Dean required. To access the HONR 292 Independent Study Contract form, Click here.

HONR 301US Texts and Critics II (4 Credits) - Critical reading/analysis of fundamental texts in the humanities, arts, communication, social studies, science, and history of ideas. Socratic teaching methodology. Particular emphasis on development of analysis and criticism through academic writing and oral argumentation presentations. Intended for transfer students or upperclassmen entering the Honors College later in their academic careers. *NOTE: This course, along with other US Core courses, may not be repeated.

HONR 494 Level Honor Seminars (3-4 Credits) - Honors seminars are interdisciplinary courses which emphasize class discussion, development of analytic thinking and writing skills, and encourage independent creativity/research. Many of these seminars will satisfy a Core 2.0 requirement. To see Fall 2017 Honors Seminar Offerings, Click Here.

HONR 450 Advanced Honors Tutorial (4-6 Credits) - This weekly seminar and tutorial supervision includes extensive interdisciplinary reading, analytic writing, and oral argument, leading to comprehensive examinations.

HONR 490R Undergraduate Research/Thesis (1-6 Credits) - Directed undergraduate research/creative activity that may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. The course will address responsible conduct of research. Consent of instructor and approval of Honors Dean required. To access the HONR 490 Senior Thesis Contract form, Click here.

To receive thesis credit in your Major, you will need to fill out the Departmental Thesis Notification form and return it to the administrative offices of the Honors College for the required Dean's approval.

HONR 492 Independent Study (1-3 Credits) - This directed research and study is on an individual basis. Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of Honors Dean required. To access the HONR 492 Independent Study Contract form, Click here. 

 Honors Core Classes Offered Fall Semester

Architecture 151 (ARCH 151RA) Design Fundamentals I (4 Credits) - A study of the creative design process with emphasis on two-dimensional design, basic three dimensional design concepts and introduction to the essential tools for graphic communication. Development of students' self-critical skills.  Prerequisites: Must be admitted into the Honors College, pre-environmental design program or be a landscape design major or Consent of Director.

Chemistry 151 (CHMY 151) Honors College Chemistry I (4 Credits) - Parallels CHMY 141, with emphasis on critical and analytical thought and with a greater reliance on math skills. Prerequisites include: High school chemistry and physics, high school algebra, and some additional mathematics. (4 Credits) - Parallels CHMY 141, with emphasis on critical and analytical thought and with a greater reliance on math skills. Prerequisites include: High school chemistry and physics, high school algebra, and some additional mathematics.

Chemistry 331 (CHMY 331) Honors Organic Chemistry I (4 Credits) - the first of a two-semester Honors sequence in organic chemistry. Topic coverage parallels CHMY 321, but at an accelerated pace with in-depth coverage of physical organic chemistry, stereochemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, spectroscopy, and nomenclature. Prerequisites include: CHMY 151 and CHMY 153 or consent of instructor

Computer Science (CSCI 127) Joy and Beauty of Data (1 Credit Honors Lab) - Introduction to programming: program design, analysis, and implementation in Java, including I/O, assignment, decision, iteration, scalar types, arrays, control structures, methods, classes, and common data types. No previous programming experience required. Corequisite M 151.

Economics (ECNS 251IS) Honors Economics (4 Credits) - Covers economic principles are introduced and applied to a wide range of contemporary and historical problems including legal, environmental, resource, health, taxation, poverty, economic development, and macroeconomic policy issues.

Electrical Engineering (EELE 101) Introduction to Electrical Fundamentals (3 Credits) - Lecture/laboratory introduction to electrical fundamentals including Kirchhoff's and Ohm's Laws, using meters and oscilloscopes, time-varying signals in electric circuits, inductors and capacitors, series and parallel circuits, introduction to digital circuits, problem solving including computer applications, technical communications, team work. Prerequisite: M 151 or equivalent.

Earth System Science (ERTH 201) (4 Credits) - A Fall course that studies the whole planet as a system of innumerable interacting parts and focuses on the changes among: ocean, atmosphere, continents, lakes and rivers, soil and plants and animals.

Math (M 181Q) Honors Calculus I (4 Credits) - Parallels M 171 but with a greater emphasis on theory and more difficult problems. Prerequisites include: M 151 with an "A" grade, 700 on the SAT Math exam, 31 on the ACT Math exam, 4 on an AP Calculus exam, or consent of the instructor.

Math (M 283Q) Honors Multivariable Calculus (4 Credits) - Parallels M 273 but with a greater emphasis on theory and more difficult problem solving. Prerequisites include: M 182 with a 'B' grade, M 172 with an 'A' grade, AP Calculus BC exam with a 5, or consent of the instructor.

Music (MUSI 219IA) Honors Music and Society (3 credits) - This is an investigation into the relationship between composers, and the cultural, political, and social influences that impacted their creative work. Various composers and significant musical works representing diverse style periods, cultures, and historical backgrounds will be discussed in depth. Students will be required to present a final paper discussing the work of a specific composer of their choice, incorporating the above criteria.

Physics (PHSX 240) Honors General and Modern Physics I (4 Credits) - Parallels PHSX 220. The concepts are discussed in more depth and the range of applications is greater. Corequisite: M 171 or M 181.


Spring 2018 Semester Honors Courses

Text and Critics class

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Great Expeditions 2013 to Galapagos Island

Great Expeditions 2013 to Galapagos Islands

HONR 124 Honors Ski and Read (1 credit) - This class affords incoming freshmen the opportunity to informally interact with Honors faculty and students in a beautiful outdoor setting. Includes discussion of a pre-selected text, transportation, a spectacular day cross country skiing in Yellowstone National Park, lodging in the Mammoth Hotel, and delicious meals. 

HONR 202IH Texts & Critics:  Knowledge and Imagination II (4 Credits) - This course substitutes for an Inquiry Humanities (IH) core course and emphasizes critical reading/analysis of fundamental texts in the humanities, arts, communication, social studies, science, and history of ideas. Socratic teaching methodology. Particular emphasis will be on development of analysis and criticism through academic writing and oral argumentation presentations.*NOTE: This course may not be repeated.

HONR 204D Great Expeditions (3 credits) - Preparation and execution of a journey paralleling a portion of a historically and/or culturally significant expedition. Students study the original expedition journals, history, social, scientific, artistic, and environmental context as well as plan their own expedition. The expedition usually occurs following the conclusion of spring semester and students are required to make a public presentation on the expedition and their specific research project during the subsequent semester.

  • The Art of the Anthropocene – New York City - It was recently argued at the American Geophysical Union that global alteration by humans through cities, agriculture, transportation networks, mining, and dams have reshaped the Earth’s geomorphic characteristics and redistributed the associated plants and animals, thereby creating a new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene (Age of Man). Although geologists are proposing that this new epoch started in the mid-Twentieth Century, other scientists argue that, because man first developed agriculture nearly 12,000 years ago and since expanded their influence around the globe, that the entire Holocene was merely a transition toward the Anthropocene. Through a series of readings, lectures and guest lectures, interviews with artists, and other outside resources, this course will explore the history of remote sensing and the history of art to interpret man’s interaction with nature across last millennium. This course is semester long with an additional week in New York City. For more information, Click Here.

HONR 210 Mentoring Gifted Students (2 Credits) - Honors College students mentor gifted students from the Bozeman Public Schools. Students meet together in seminar to discuss, plan, implement, and evaluate their projects.

HONR 292 Independent Study (1-3 Credits) - Directed research and study on an individual basis. Consent of instructor and approval of Honors Dean. To access the HONR 292 Independent Study Contract form, Click here.

HONR 494 Level Honor Seminars (3-4 Credits) - Advanced Honors seminars are interdisciplinary courses which emphasize class discussion, development of analytic thinking and writing skills, and encourage independent creativity/research. Many of these seminars will satisfy a Core 2.0 requirement. To see Spring 2018 Honors Seminar Offerings, Click here.

HONR 450 Advanced Honors Tutorial (4-6 Credits) - Weekly seminar and tutorial supervision with extensive interdisciplinary reading, analytic writing, and oral argument, leading to comprehensive examinations.

HONR 490R Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Thesis (1-6 Credits) - Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research. Consent of instructor and approval of Honors Dean. To access the HONR 490 Senior Thesis Contract form, Click here.

To receive thesis credit in your Major, you will need to fill out the Departmental Thesis Notification form and return it to the administrative offices of the Honors College for the required Dean's approval.

HONR 492 Independent Study (1-3 Credits) - Directed research and study on an individual basis. Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of Honors Dean. To access the HONR 492 Independent Study Contract form, Click here

Honors Core Classes Offered Spring Semester

Architecture 152 (ARCH 152) Design Fundamentals II (4 Credits) - A continuation of the study of the design process introduction to architectonic principles and architectural graphic skills and further understanding of the creative process. Continued development of student's ability to make critical and analytical judgments.  

Biology (BIOB 140R) Honors Molecular Biology and Gene Regulation (3 Credits) - This class is for advanced freshman students who are interested in an introduction to molecular biology research early during their undergraduate career. 

Biology (BIOH 411) Advanced Human Anatomy (4 Credits) - Covers dissection and prosection of the detailed anatomy of the human thorax, abdomen and pelvis, with special dissection emphasis on the extremities. Topographic, three-dimensional, and detailed relationships of organs, nerves, and vessels are emphasized. Can fulfill upper division "other" honors credits. Prerequisites include: Senior standing, completion of at least two upper division courses in the biological sciences and consent of instructor.

Biology (BIOH 425) Sensory Neurophysiology (3 BIOH Credits) + HONR 492 (1 HONR Credit) - Covers neurophysiology of sensory cells and systems. Topics range from the mechanisms underlying sensory reception to the processing of sensory information at higher stages. The major focus will be on human sensory systems. Pathologies that effect sensory perception will be considered. The course will also be offered for Honors credit to qualified students wishing to do an additional project requiring more in-depth group research. Honors enrollees will receive an extra course credit for this extra work. Prerequisite: BIOH 313.

Chemistry (CHMY 153) Honors College Chemistry II (4 Credits) - Parallels CHMY 143, with emphasis on critical and analytical thought and with a greater reliance on math skills. Prerequisites include: A grade better than a C in CHMY 141 or CHMY 151.

Chemistry (CHMY 333) Honors Organic Chemistry II (4 Credits) - This is the second semester of the two-semester honors sequence in organic chemistry. Topic coverage parallels CHMY 323, with more in-depth coverage of mechanisms and more emphasis on retrosynthetic analysis and on solving multistep synthesis problems. Prerequisites include: A grade of better than a C in CHMY 331.

Economics (ECNS 251IS) Honors Economics (4 Credits) - Covers economic principles are introduced and applied to a wide range of contemporary and historical problems including legal, environmental, resource, health, taxation, poverty, economic development, and macroeconomic policy issues.

Math (M 182Q) Honors Calculus II (4 Credits) - Parallels M 172 but with a greater emphasis on theory and more difficult problems. Prerequisites include: M 171 with an "A" grade or M 181 with a "B" grade.

Math (M 284Q) Honors Intro to Differential Equations (4 Credits) - Parallels M 274 but with a greater emphasis on theory and more difficult problem solving. Prerequisites include: M 283 with a "B" grade, M 273 with an "A" grade, or consent of the instructor.

Music (MUSI 219IA) Honors Music and Society (3 Credits) - This is an investigation into the relationship between composers, and the cultural, political, and social influences that impacted their creative work. Various composers and significant musical works representing diverse style periods, cultures, and historical backgrounds will be discussed in depth. Students will be required to present a final paper discussing the work of a specific composer of their choice, incorporating the above criteria.

Physics (PHSX 242) Honors General and Modern Physics II (4 Credits) - Parallels PHSX 222. The concepts are discussed in more depth and the range of applications is greater. Prerequisites include: PHSX 220 or PHSX 224; M 171 or M 181. Co-requisite: M 172 or M 182.

Psychology (PSYX 110IS) Honors Introduction to Psychology (4 credits) - This course introduces students to the scientific method and its use to understand behavior, emotion, and cognition, and build theories and knowledge within key areas of psychological inquiry. A lab component offers hands-on experiences to demonstrate psychological ideas and principles.

Sociology (SOCI 110IS) Honors Sociological Inquiry (3 Credits) - This class is an in-depth study of the sociological enterprise: the broad range of theories and research used by sociologists to think about and examine the social world. All major areas of  sociology are covered with an emphasis on institutions and systems of stratification.