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Honors College
Lampasas Bldg 407
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Dr. Heather C. Galloway, Dean
Ph: (512) 245.2266
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Types of Courses

In addition to our traditional honors courses, Honors offers several different types of courses, including departmental and student-designed courses. Honors frequently offers study-abroad courses in the summer, as well.

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Student-Designed Honors Courses

Honors Contract Course

The Honors Contract Course allows an honors student to enroll in a 3000 or 4000-level non-honors course, complete additional work that represents a qualitative enhancement to the existing course, and have the completed course with contracted work count for honors credit. Before enrolling in an honors contract course, students should have completed at least two honors courses or be currently enrolled in their second honors course. Approval of course contracts is at the discretion of Diann McCabe, the Director of Academic Development.

The forms and additional information and requirements for the honors contract course can be found here.

Honors Independent Study (HON 4391)

Honors Independent Study (HON 4391) is offered every semester. This course allows students to study selected materials under the direct supervision of a professor for honors credit. The course meeting days, times, and substitutions are arranged by the professor and honors student.

To enroll in an independent study course, a student must have completed two regular honors courses prior to enrolling in HON 4391. Turn in the signed and completed HON 4391 form to Professor Diann McCabe.


Honors Thesis (HON 4390B)

The Honors Thesis is a course that students undertake under the supervision of a professor and possibly, a second reader, on a subject of their choosing. This course culminates in a project of significant size, and is required to graduate in Honors, and for the Honors minor. In order to register HON 4390B, students must have their thesis proposals approved by the Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Galloway, and their thesis supervisors. More information on writing a thesis can be found here.

Departmental Honors Courses

Departmental honors courses are Honors sections of courses that are required for students' majors. Like other honors courses, they feature smaller class sizes than their regular counterparts. Students also earn honors credit for these courses, bringing them closer to graduating in the College.

BLAW 2361, Business Law

This course provides a survey of the basic features of the American legal system and the legal aspects of business transactions.

CHEM 2341, Organic Chemistry

This course covers the nomenclature, reactions and reaction mechanisms of the hydrocarbons and the alkyl halides.  Students enrolled in the Honors section of CHEM 2342 receive both honors and CHEM 2342 credit.

CS 1428, Foundations of Computer Science

This is an introductory course for computer science majors, minors, and other students desiring a technical introduction to computer science. The goals of this foundations course are to get students to think algorithmically and to improve their analytical skills for efficient problem solving. The course takes an in-depth look at the fundamental concepts of algorithm development. C++ is used as the primary language for introducing basic programming constructs, such as decision statments, loops, and arrays. Students will work together on a semester long class project, in which they will produce software of substantial size. The exact nature of the project will be determined based on student interest and ability. Possible topics include software for controlling robots, customized iphone applications, and non-GUI PC games. No prior programming experience is required. Lectures will be interspersed with detours into the past, present, and future of computing. 


ECO 2314, Micro Economics

Coming in Spring 2014!

ECO 2315, Macro Economics

An introduction to the macroeconomics of a modern industrial society. Emphasis is on the analysis of national income, economic stability, fiscal policy, money and banking, economic growth, and international trade.

Prerequisites: ECO 2314

ECO 3311, Money and Banking

A study of money and credit in the modern economy. Examines the development of modern money and banking systems, the structure of the Ferderal Reserve System, and monetary theory.

GS 3310, General Science

A required course for Elementary EC-6 Generalist certification, EC-6 Bilingual Generalist certification and All-Level Special Education certification, this laboratory course is designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of chemistry and earth space science. This course is non-creditable for science majors.

Prerequisites: PHYS 1310, 1320, and 1110 or PHYS 1410, 1420 with a grade of "C" or better.

Lab GS 3310.L03 (T 2:00 - 3:50 PM in SUPP 222) required.

GS 3320, General Science II

A laboratory course designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of biological science. Non-creditable for science majors. A required course for Elementary EC-4 Generalist certification, grades 4-8 Science certification, grades 4-8 Mathematics/Science certification. Prerequisite: BIO 1320, 1421, 1430, or 1431 completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

MATH 2471, Calculus I

A first course in differential and integral calculus which stresses limits as well as the applications of calculus to the problems of science.

Prerequisite: MATH 2417 with a grade of C or highter, ACT Mathematics score of 26 or more, SAT Mathematics score of 560 or more, Accuplacaer College Mathematics score of 103 or more, Compass Trigonometry score of 46 or more.

MATH 2472, Calculus II

A continuation of differential and integral calculus including methods of integration, sequences and series, and introduction to partial derivatives. Prerequisite: MATH 2471 with a grade of “C” or higher.

MKT 3343, Principles of Marketing

Study of the strategic marketing process, which creates value for consumers and organizations through integrated production and distribution of products. Examines the marketing process in the context of the global, cultural, economic, legal/regulatory environments. Examines ethical and socially-responsible marketing and the impact of information technology.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

PSY 1300, Introduction to Psychology

This Introduction to Psychology Honors course provides learning experiences essential to understanding psychology as a discipline and science. To achieve this goal, students will be introduced to various theories and approaches leading to modern psychology and contemporary psychological science concepts, research findings and basic applied principles of behavior. Although students may have taken AP psychology in high school, this honors course is designed to go well beyond the general introductory course by preparing students for further independent study in psychological science through experiences outside the classroom, including team projects.

SPAN 2310, Intermediate Spanish I

In this course, students will continue to development and review all language skills within Spanish framework.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in SPAN 1420

SPAN 2320, Intermediate Spanish II

More advanced practice in all language skills with greater emphasis on reading within a Spanish cultural framework. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 2310.

Study Abroad

The Honors College believes that embarking on cross-cultural experiences, such as study abroad courses, gives students a greater understanding of their place in a global community, as well as access to perspectives different from their own. Having a cross-cultural experience is a requirement of the minor in Honors Studies.  A list of our current study abroad offerings can be found here.