Combined Degree Option
University Honors and Scholars Center
The University Honors & Scholars Center is the administrative hub for each college that offers an honors program. In other words, the University Honors and Scholars Center works closely with the College of Engineering Honors Program, which has its own set of requirements as opposed to, let us say, The College of Arts and Sciences. Although honors programs vary from college to college, there are common features which include:
- the ability to take honors courses,
- the opportunity to live in honors residence halls,
- the encouragement to pursue original research with faculty,
- access to the programming and staff of the University Honors & Scholars Center, and
- University priority scheduling.
For more information about the University Honors and Scholars Center go to:
Graduating with Honors in Engineering
The Graduating with Honors in Engineering (GHIE) program provides eligible students access to more advanced levels of study and promotes scholarly development. The program's objectives challenge creative abilities and foster the interest in advanced education and research. Successful completion of the College of Engineering Honors Program will make you eligible to graduate with honors in engineering.
For more information about the GHIE program go to:
Mechanical Engineering Honors Program and Graduating with Distinction
If you are two or more semesters away from graduation, have an
overall GPA of at least 3.0, and are interested in research in
mechanical engineering, you should consider the Mechanical
Engineering Undergraduate Research Program. You will have
the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member to
develop an individual research project reflecting your area of
interest. You will earn 6 credit hours of technical
elective credit (ME 4999 or 4999H) and write an undergraduate
thesis that will require an oral defense to a faculty committee.
Successful completion of the an undergraduate thesis will
make you eligible to graduate with research distinction or
honors research distinction, depending on what program you
enter. Past students have found this program to be one of
the most exciting and rewarding parts of their education.
Scholarships can be awarded for your research through the
College of Engineering.
Please note: You do not have to be a designated Honors student in order to be eligible for the ME Undergraduate Research Program; however, many ME students participate in both programs. If you are participating in the GHIE program, research completed through the ME Honors program will be applied to the Investigational Studies Component (Section B on the GHIE points grid) category of the GHIE application.
Latin Honors are awarded based on students’ cumulative point-hour ratio at the university. Additionally, in order to be eligible for these honors, a student must also have 90 graded credit hours of Ohio State courses. The CPHR requirements to graduate with Latin honors are as follows:
- Cum Laude (3.5-3.69)
- Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89)
- Summa Cum Laude (3.90)