Current Students | U-M LSA Honors Program (2024)

By selecting Honors under Special Offerings in the LSA Course Guide, students will find a fairly comprehensive list of Honors courses available for the term. Depending on course coding used by the department, you may find other courses throughout a search, but this is a great start in planning your schedule. For information about courses including questions about registration/waitlists/permissions, please contact the department offering the course. For courses with the Honors subject code (e.g., Honors 240, Honors 493), contact the Honors Program. Courses are subject to change by departments.

BIOLOGY 171 – Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution (NS)
Section: 002 (LEC), 200, 201 (DIS)
BIOLOGY 171 is a one-term course in ecology and evolutionary biology that, together with BIOLOGY 172 and 173, collectively form the introductory biology course unit.
The primary aims of BIOLOGY 171 are:
1. To provide factual and conceptual knowledge concerning the origin and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity
2. To give an integrated overview of biological organization including genes, individuals, kin groups, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems
3. To engage with biological hypotheses dealing with prominent current issues such as human evolutionary origins, emerging diseases, conservation biology, and global change
4. To develop critical-thinking skills.
Topics in BIOLOGY 171 are divided into three primary areas:
Inheritance genetics and evolution

BIOLOGY 172 – Introductory Biology – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental (NS)
Section: 002 (LEC), 200 (DIS)
BIOLOGY 172 is a one-term course in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology that, together with BIOLOGY 171 and 173, collectively forms the introductory biology course sequence.
The aims of BIOLOGY 172 are:
-to provide factual and conceptual knowledge of how cells, organs, and organisms work; and
-to develop scientific hypothesis-testing and critical-thinking skills.

CHEM 210-Structure and Reactivity I (NS)
Saved Honors seats, no Honors attribute
Option for Structured Study Groups (SSG) exist. See instructor.
Honors for this course is related to participation in SSG only.

CHEM 211 – Investigations in Chemistry (NS)
Section: 600 (LEC), 610-615 (LAB)
Chem 211-600 is focused on techniques used for the synthesis, isolation, and purification of organic compounds, and the content differs from the 100, 200, 300, and 400 sections. This is an honors section.

Honors option for CHEM 230 and CHEM 260–Compute to Learn

GEOG 145/INTLSTD 101 – Introduction to International Studies (SS)
Section: 001 (LEC), 012 (DIS) LSA HNRS
This is the introductory core course for the International Studies major at the University of Michigan. The course explores human rights, human development, and human security in historical and comparative perspective using multiple disciplinary approaches. The curriculum is divided into six modules that cover:
-international relations and organizations;
-human rights and humanitarianism;
-global environment and health;
-human development; and
-culture and identity.
Students in the Honors section of GEOG 145/INTLSTD 101 will have discussions with the primary instructor for the course. These discussions will address special topics that build on material covered in lectures and enable the students to explore key topics of international significance in more depth. Students in the Honors section will also write a longer paper and make one short presentation to their group.

LATIN 231 – Roman Kings and Emperors
Section: 004
In this course, the third of four in the elementary Latin sequence, you will refine your understanding of the Latin language and Roman history through reading classical Latin prose. We begin with short adapted historical readings and then excerpts from Caesar's de Bello Gallico Books I and the Res Gestae Divi Augusti. During this course you will get a review of all aspects of Latin grammar and work on developing a strong vocabulary and efficient reading skills.

MATH 156 – Applied Honors Calculus II (MSA, QR/1)
Sections: 001 - 005
MATH 156 is part of the applied Honors calculus sequence for engineering and science majors. Applications and concepts receive equal treatment. Theorems are stated precisely and are derived, but technical details are omitted. Examples are given to illustrate the theory. Critical thinking and class participation are encouraged. The goal is to provide students with the solid background needed for subsequent courses in mathematics, engineering, and science.

MATH 185 – Honors Calculus I (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
Most students take calculus in high school, and it may seem that there isn't much new to learn. The goal of this course is to develop the familiar concepts of calculus using a more rigorous and theoretical approach. In particular, with its emphasis on how to use appropriate mathematical language, this course lays a solid foundation for future math courses, and is suitable for students intending to pursue a major in mathematics, science, or engineering who desire a more complete understanding of the underpinnings of calculus. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program.

MATH 275 – An Introduction to Cryptology (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
This course introduces modern cryptology, including the Diffie-Hellmann key exchange, discrete logarithm-based cryptosystems, the TSA cryptosystem, and digital signatures. Along the way, the course introduces many of the mathematical ideas involved in the development and analysis of cryptography systems. Mathematical topics include primality testing, factorization algorithms, probability theory, statistics, and enumeration. Throughout the course students will work on effectively communicating mathematics, both written and orally. Moreover, students will develop rigorous mathematical proof writing skills, and a primary goal of the course is to not only understand how various cryptosystems work, but why.

MATH 285 – Honors Multivariable and Vector Calculus (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001, 002, 003
The sequence Math 185-186-285-286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program.

MATH 286 – Honors Differential Equations (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
The sequence Math 185-186-285-286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program.

MATH 295 – Honors Mathematics I (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001, 002
Math 295-296-395-396 is the most theoretical and demanding honors math sequence. The emphasis is on concepts, problem solving, as well as the underlying theory and proofs of important results. It provides an excellent background for advanced courses in mathematics. The expected background is high school trigonometry and algebra (previous calculus is not required, but is helpful.) This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LS&A Honors program. Math 295 and 296 may be substituted for any Math 451 requirement. Math 296 and 395 may be substituted for any Math 217 requirement.

For more information on Math courses, please visit the Department of Mathematics webpage.

For waitlist information for Math courses, contact the Math department at

PHIL 296 - Honors Introduction to Logic (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
Logic, as we will understand it, is the study of certain patterns of inference, and of how we can distinguish good inferences from bad ones. Formal logic involves approaching these questions with the help of precise formal languages. We will cover two such languages in this course: the language of propositional logic and the language of predicate logic. By the end of the semester, you'll master two different approaches for evaluating arguments translated into these languages: the model-theoretic (semantic) approach and the proof-theoretic (syntactic) approach. Along the way, we’ll explore related philosophical puzzles and controversies, as well as connections to more advanced topics (eg. non-classical logics and modal logic).

PHIL 297 - Honors Introduction to Logic (HU)
Section: 002
This course will serve as a small-group discussion-based introduction to philosophy. We will survey a number of central philosophical questions having to do with the self, the world, the possibility of knowledge, the existence of free will and our moral obligations. While working through both historical and contemporary work on these topics, we’ll also focus on learning key skills, such as understanding and evaluating others’ arguments, constructing persuasive arguments of one’s own, and writing successful philosophy papers.

PHYSICS 160 – Honors Physics I (NS, QR/1)
Section: 001
PHYSICS 160 covers the fundamental principles of mechanics using a modern perspective and is intended for students who have had significant exposure to physics at the high school level and/or have AP credit for physics. It emphasizes the applicability of these laws in systems ranging from binary stars to nuclear collisions. This class will be different, and more interesting, than any physics course you have taken yet.
The goals of the course are:
1. Application of fundamental principles to a wide range of systems, i.e., from nuclei to stars (unify mechanics)
2. Integrate contemporary physics (atomic models of matter, relativistic dynamics)
3. Engage students in physical modeling (idealization, approximation, assumptions, estimation)
4. Integrate computational physics (now a partner of theory and experiment) into problem solving

PHYSICS 161 – Honors Introductory Mechanics Lab (NS)
Section: 001, 002, 003
PHYSICS 161 is a three-hour weekly laboratory designed to accompany PHYSICS 160.
This lab introduces students to the core concepts of physics, namely careful observations, both quantitative and qualitative, followed by comparison with appropriate mathematical models that serve as the basis for descriptive interpretation. Course material is focused on developing a good understanding of the concepts and principles of Newtonian mechanics while providing sophisticated experiments for demonstrating the validity of these fundamental paradigms.

PHYSICS 260– Honors Physics II (NS, QR/1)
Section: 001
PHYSICS 260 is a continuation of PHYSICS 160 and introduces the theory of electromagnetic phenomena. This course will introduce you to:
1. The deeper physical meaning of the concepts
2. A rigorous mathematical approach, using vector calculus when applicable
3. Problem solving including computer use
4. Contemporary applications
If you like physics and math, appreciate the deeper meaning and derivation of concepts and equations, and if you like to do problems, you are in the right course. Students should elect PHYSICS 261 as the corresponding Lab section for the course.

PHYSICS 261 – Honors Electricity and Magnetism Lab (NS)
Section: 001
PHYSICS 261 is a three-hour weekly laboratory designed to accompany PHYSICS 260. This lab introduces students to the core concepts of physics, namely careful observations, both quantitative and qualitative, followed by comparison with appropriate mathematical models that serve as the basis for descriptive interpretation. Course material is focused on developing a good understanding of the concepts and principles of Newtonian mechanics while providing sophisticated experiments for demonstrating the validity of these fundamental paradigms. The analytical techniques require high school level algebra and some familiarity with statistical measures of significance, procedures common to any scientific, technical, or medical area of inquiry. Although not an academic requirement, it is assumed that the students will have some basic skills in using a computer at the level of a word processingprogram or similar application task.

PSYCH 121 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Natural Science (NS)
Section: 002 Mind, Machine, and Mathematics
This First Year Seminar will introduce to Honors students cognitive roots to human intelligence, with a goal of designing artificial general intelligence. It will examine in-depth the concept of rationality in reasoning, memory, and decision making. What are the principles of rational decision making? Can we teach machines to reason, in a way that understand us better than we do ourselves? Why are there different memory systems and how they support cognition? By in- class demonstrations of various pitfalls and failures of rationality of the human mind, this seminar aims to instigate students’ curiosity into cognitive science and machine intelligence, while exploring the intertwining topics of mind and cognition, machine intelligence, and mathematical reasoning.
The instructor strives to provide a supportive environment for self-motivated students who intend to pursue Cognitive Science, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Neuroscience, etc, as they settle into their college life.

PSYCH 250 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (SS)
Section: 020
This course provides an overview of human development from conception to death. We will examine the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional growth of children, adolescents, and adults as well as the factors that influence development. The goal is to provide a survey of the major issues, theories, and research methods used to study human development. A traditional in-person classroom format will be used to convey information (e.g., lecture, discussion, films) and assess knowledge (e.g., discussion posts, exams, papers). Learning is viewed as a process by which the student is an active—not passive—participant. Students are encouraged to integrate their knowledge of psychology with their own observations of human development, and to consider the practical implications of current research in the field for childrearing and social policy.

STATS 280 – Honors Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001 (LEC) 002,003 (LAB)
STATS 280 will provide in-depth discussion of models and methods that are appropriate to specific situations, criteria for selecting among them, their strengths and weaknesses and their conceptual footing. Interactive learning will be emphasized in lectures and the laboratory module. During the lab, students will learn to use modern statistical software for visualization and data analysis, and carry out the computational parts of lab assignments.
STATS 280 includes derivations of basic statistical results such as expected values and sampling variances using techniques from pre-calculus mathematics. Students will also be expected to master quantitative relationships such as scaling relationships between variances, sample sizes, and standard errors.
Definition and summary of univariate and bivariate data, distributions, correlation, and associated visualization techniques; randomization in comparative studies and in survey sampling; basic probability calculus, including conditional probabilities, concept of random variables and their properties; sampling distributions and the central limit theorem; statistical inference, including hypothesis tests, confidence intervals; one sample and two sample problems with binary and continuous data, including nonparametric procedures; analysis of variance; simple and bivariate regression; simple design of experiments; chisquare and rank-based tests for association and independence.

Current Students | U-M LSA Honors Program (2024)


How hard is it to get into LSA honors? ›

Test scores and high school gpa do not determine acceptance into Honors. Every Honors applicant has already been accepted into LSA, so we know that you have what it takes to succeed here at Michigan. Our application process is focused on determining if you are a fit for the Honors Program's mission and goals.

Is LSA honors prestigious? ›

As the top-ranked honors program in the nation, LSA Honors sets the pace in honors admissions, course development, and activities. We are a strong factor in recruiting excellent students and top faculty to the College and the University.

How hard is it to get into the University of Michigan LSA? ›

There are about 1,400 +/- seats in the freshman CoE class. There are roughly 4,400 seats in the freshman LSA class. The overall acceptance rate to CoE is 19%. The overall acceptance rate to LSA is 25%.

Are honors programs harder? ›

In many high schools Honors courses are just the normal courses "made harder" with extra readings, extra assignments, and extra hard grading of students. But at college, Honors courses are specially "enriched" courses, not normal courses made "harder," and grading standards are the same as in normal college courses.

Is being in the Honors Program worth it? ›

Honors college benefits

After all, “honors college” looks great on a resume. Honors college students often have exclusive access to special internships, research projects, study abroad experiences, networking opportunities and more. And at many universities, honors students get first dibs on class registration.

Is it hard to get into honors? ›

For all students, honors college admission is highly selective. Students must possess high grades (usually a 3.75 GPA or above), impressive SAT/ACT scores, and a developed sense of why they would benefit from an honors program.

How hard is it to get into Michigan State Honors College? ›

Criteria. Students in the Honors College first-year class typically have a combination of the following: cumulative grade point averages that place students in the top 5% of students in their graduating class (GPA and strength of schedule is used when rank is not available)

What is the average GPA for University of Michigan LSA? ›

The average cumulative GPAs of each entering cohort is typically in the 3.6-3.8 range, but there is no minimum GPA requirement to apply to the major.

What is the acceptance rate for College of LSA? ›

The overall admission last year was 26% (mainly for LSA) while the CoE admission rate was 23.6%. The UMich admission rate went down from 33% in 2014 to 26% in 2015, while the CoE admission rate went down from 27.7% to 23.6%. Nevertheless, if you receive any LSA merit scholarships, you better not to transfer.

What is the hardest Michigan school to get into? ›

2024 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in Michigan
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Is it easier to get into Michigan LSA or engineering? ›

Students should determine which school they are applying to, as this will affect their strategy;. Students often consider the School of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) as easier to get into than the engineering program.

What is the easiest university in Michigan to get into? ›

The easiest colleges to get into in Michigan include Adrian College, Calvin University, and Central Michigan University. Most students who apply for admission are able to enroll in one of their undergraduate programs right after high school graduation.

What are the disadvantages of being an honors student? ›

Being an honors student can have negative effects such as increased stress, pressure, and competition within a high-ability cohort. Honors students may feel that seeking help or assistance is a sign of weakness or failure, as their self-concept is often grounded in the idea of academic achievement.

Is it a big deal to graduate with honors? ›

Students should know that graduating with honors does matter. An honors distinction is an easy way to judge the success you had in school. While earning honors isn't the most important thing, students in school should work to achieve a high GPA, and therefore, high honors.

Do honors classes hurt your GPA? ›

While honors courses usually add 0.5 points to your GPA, AP classes often add 1 point. In other words, a 3.5 GPA would be boosted to a 4.0 in an honors class and a 4.5 in an AP class. This boost can prove particularly useful if you want to challenge yourself with more difficult training without punishing your GPA.

How hard is it to get into university of Pittsburgh Honors College? ›

Frederick Honors College Admissions Process and Requirements

While there are no minimum academic requirements for consideration, admission to Frederick Honors College is highly competitive. More than 7,000 students applied for a spot in the Frederick Honors College incoming class in the most recent year.

How competitive are UMICH honors? ›

The acceptance rate for LSA Honors Program graduates to MD programs hovers around 80% every year. This compares to a national acceptance rate of about 42%.

What is the acceptance rate for LSA in Michigan? ›

Because our application process is very competitive, with a typical admissions rate of 25-30%, we strongly recommend that you develop an alternative academic plan.

How to become an honors student Liberty university? ›

The Honors Program welcomes many students from community colleges, state universities, sister Christian colleges, and current LU students, as long as you have a minimum of 12 hours of college credits (with grades) and at least four semesters of college remaining with a cumulative college GPA of 3.50.

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