Montana State University

Honors College

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172140
Bozeman, MT 59717-2140

Tel: (406) 994-4110
Fax: (406) 994-6747
E-mail: honors@montana.edu
Location: QUAD F, 7th & Harrison

Dean:

Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee

Honors Courses

Spring Semester Offerings

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Fall Semester Honors Courses

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

The former UH Course Rubric will transition to HONR beginning Fall 2014.

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. Fall 2014 Hike and Read is full and no longer available!

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 September 2014. Click here for the application (may take a few moments to load) and return to the Honors College.

HONR 201US Texts & Critics: Knowledge (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 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 University Honors Program later in their academic careers. *NOTE: This course, along with other US Core courses, may not be repeated.


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


HONR 494 Level Honor Seminars
(3-4 Credits) - Honors seminars are inter-disciplinary 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 2014 Honors Seminar Offerings, Click Here.

Honors Core Classes Offered During Fall 2014

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.
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, sterochemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, spectroscopy, and nomenclature. Prerequisites include: CHMY 151 and CHMY 153 or consent of instructor
Computer Science (CSCI 111) Programming with Java I (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.

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.

History (HSTA 412IH) American Thought and Culture (3 credits) - The fundamental purpose of this course is to show the interconnectedness of science, philosophy, literature, and religion in shaping the American intellectual tradition from the Puritan founding to the present.
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 Semester Honors Courses

HONR 202IH Texts & Critics: Imagination (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, along with other US Core courses, may not be repeated.

Texts and Critics class "in session"

Great Expeditions 2013 to Galapagos Islands

HONR 204D Great Expeditions (3-4 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.

Spring Semester 2015 - Genesis and Epicenter of Renaissance:  Florence vs. Istanbul. Click here for more info!

 

 

HONR 210 Mentoring Gifted Students (2 Credits) - Honors Program 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 Director. To access the UH 292 Independent Study Contract form, Click here.


HONR 400 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 2014 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 UH 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 UH 492 Independent Study Contract form, Click here.

Honors Core Classes Offered During Spring 2015

Agriculture Science (AGSC 465R) Honors Health, Poverty, Agriculture: Concepts and Action Research (4 Credits) - Students will learn to explore causes and solutions to rural poverty holistically by discovering the interconnections of health, agriculture, and governance. Gain skills appropriate to one’s own academic major to provide leadership in alleviating poverty worldwide.
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 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 UHP 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.