Chemistry Honors Program

The Department of Chemistry strives to provide students with innovative, hands-on instruction and research experiences to prepare them for careers in science, education, and health professions. The four semester Chemistry Honors Program is designed to support highly qualified students in the application of their understanding of chemical concepts through service and original scientific research. 

Participation in the program enhances honors students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills while they develop their professional network including meaningful 1-on-1 relationships with faculty and collaborators.

 

Program Overview

The Chemistry Honors program is a 10-unit program completed in the last four or five semesters of a student’s undergraduate degree program.  In addition to four honors courses, students are required to complete an independent research project resulting in an undergraduate thesis, complete a peer-instruction service requirement, and present their research at a scientific conference appropriate to their field.

Typical Timeline of Honors Program

Honors Program
Semester Expectation
Spring 

February - students submit applications to the department office

March – students are notified of acceptance to honors program

April – student interview prospective faculty research advisors

May – welcome and program orientation
Year 1
Fall

CHEM 165SH – Peer Instruction in Chemistry

Students identify a faculty mentor and begin work in the lab

Year 1
Spring

CHEM 160H – Research Techniques

Students develop a thesis proposal

Year 2
Fall

CHEM 180H – Honors Seminar in Chemistry

Students submit research progress report

Student registers to present at a scientific conference approved by their research advisor

Year 2
Spring

CHEM 199 – Undergraduate Thesis

Student presents research at a scientific conference

Student submits thesis

 


How to Apply

Students should apply for the program in the spring semester when they have 4-5 semesters remaining in their undergraduate program. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligibility Requirements
  • Fresno State Student or a transfer student that has been accepted for the following fall semester.
  • Declared major in chemistry or biochemistry.
  • GPA of 3.5 or better (3.25 may be considered in exceptional circumstances)
  • Be able to complete all university degree and honors program requirements in 4 or 5 semesters taking less than 20 units a semester.
  • Though not required, students should generally have completed one semester of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory and be enrolled in the second semester of organic chemistry lecture.

 

To apply, submit an application package including following elements to the Chemistry Honors Program Coordinator, California State University Fresno, 2555 E San Ramon Ave SB70, Fresno, CA 93740-8034 or drop it off at Science 1, room 380.

 

Fall 2020-Deadline to apply is Friday February 28, 2020 at noon

Application Requirements:

Application Requirements
  • Transcripts for all college or university coursework.  A printed copy of the “unofficial transcript” from the MyFresnoState portal is acceptable for coursework completed at Fresno State.
  • A one-page personal statement of no more than 500 words in which you address the following questions:
  1. Why do you want to participate in the Chemistry Honors Program?
  2. Why ar
  3. What are your future educational plans after completing your degree at CSU Fresno?
  4. What is (are) your career plan(s)?
  5. How would this opportunity enhance your ability to reach your career goal(s)?
  •  A completed academic progress form and degree completion plan signed by your department advisor (attached to the program application download).
  •  Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional) written on your behalf and submitted directly to the chemistry honors program coordinator.  If you have participated in any kind of research, one of these letters should be from your research advisor.