The CHP Curriculum for Transfer Students
Honors to Honors
If you are admitted to the CHP as an Honors to Honors student, you have already completed your community college’s honors program with a 3.7 GPA or better. As of fall, 2016 students entering the CHP as Honors to Honors transfer students will be required to take one CHP research seminar or one course toward completion of their school/major honors program during their first year at UCI. All CHP students also engage in a minimum of two quarters of research that culminates in an honors thesis or creative project.
All other Transfer Students (Entering by Application)
If you have completed an approved community college honors program with a 3.5 GPA or better, your curriculum requirement for the CHP is one CHP research seminar or one course in your school/major honors program during your first year at UCI and a minimum of two quarters of research that culminates in an approved honors thesis or creative project.
If you have not completed an approved community college honors program with a 3.5 GPA or better, your curriculum requirement for the CHP is at least three CHP core courses, to be determined by the admissions committee, two quarters of research, and an approved honors thesis or creative project. The exact requirement will be determined by the admissions committee as part of the review of your application.
The CHP Core Courses
The CHP core course sequences are interdisciplinary in nature and often team-taught. They are designed to challenge students by exposing them to some of UCI’s best and most exciting faculty, while introducing important topics, issues and methods of inquiry across disciplines.
The honors course sequences available to transfer and upper division students are:
- Honors Social Science Core (Critical Issues in the Social Sciences).
Offered as Social Sciences H1G-H1F-H1E. This year-long sequence is team-taught by professors from the Schools of Social Science and Social Ecology. The topics presented in this sequence are studied from the perspectives of various social science disciplines, including anthropology, cognitive sciences, economics, international studies, linguistics, political science, psychology, social ecology, and sociology. Sample topics have included authority, (dis)obedience and human society; decisions, compromises, and their rewards and penalties; human vision/perception, learning and memory; human language – how do we learn it and what is its effect on our acquisition of knowledge; and exotic societies (including our own). This core course is offered for 6 units each quarter.
- Honors Science Core (The Idiom and Practice of Science).
Offered as Biology, Chemistry, Earth System Sciences, or Physics H90. (Students must complete three of the four courses.) This year-long sequence for non-science majors gives students an understanding of the role science plays in addressing socially significant problems. Students develop the ability to understand scientific models and to judge the content, merit, and limitations of many issues of science in the modern world. Emphasis is placed upon the development of analytical and writing skills. Topics have included ozone depletion/global warming, earthquakes, biodiversity/conservation, genetic plant engineering, calculus and partial differential equations, evolution/aging, radiation/diseases, the mathematics of power, and the physics of music. This core course is offered for 4 units each quarter.
- Honors Seminars.
The CHP offers specially designed seminars on a variety of topics each quarter taught by top UCI faculty. These courses are open to all rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and Honors to Honors transfer students in the CHP on a first come, first served basis. The seminars are worth 4 units each. CHP students may take as many of these seminars as they wish.
The CHP Research/Thesis Requirement
All CHP students participate in a minimum of two quarters of research. This experience culminates in the production of an honors thesis, creative project, or publication-quality paper. Most students actually end up spending 3 or more quarters on their research/thesis experience. How much will depend upon the discipline in which a student elects to do their research, the arrangements they make with their faculty mentors, and often, the nature of the project itself. Click here to view the CHP Research/Thesis and Senior Year Handbook.