Engineering Honors Track

Academically successful and motivated students have a chance to complete their engineering program in four years through the Engineering Honors track within the University Honors Program. Honors-level courses, and a thesis are some of the ways the program prepares students for success as practicing professionals and for graduate studies.

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Participation in the Engineering Honors track offers students a fast-track plan toward undergraduate degree completion, a structured experience that fosters advanced research inquiry and skills, builds upon academic confidence and communication in research skills, and cultivates academic independence needed at the graduate-school level.

Through this accelerated track, students can earn priority registration by attending honors-sponsored events throughout the semester. Engineering Honors builds upon the skills and personal attributes that exemplify the spirit of the engineering profession, qualities that have great appeal to employers and engineering graduate schools. Students who successfully complete the program receive an Honors Certificate and special recognition during the university commencement ceremonies. Students will receive distinctive transcript notations, indicating honors coursework and completion of the Engineering Honors track.

Incoming Freshman: Minimum admission criteria involve an evaluation of academic aptitude that emphasizes mathematical ability. These include SAT-M  (≥650 old OR ≥ 680 new) and SAT-V( ≥ 600 old OR ≥ 550 new), or ACT Math ≥ 31 and ACT Reading ≥ 27; and a high school weighted GPA ≥ 3.50; as well as the preferred criterion of AP Calculus AB score 3 or IB Math score 4 or higher (or equivalent of Calculus I, MATH 122).

Incoming Transfer and Continuing Students: Applicants within this category should be at the level to begin enrolling in their upper-division engineering major courses upon acceptance to Engineering Honors. Transfer students must meet all transfer applicant criteria to their engineering major. Continuing students may submit an application during the semester they plan on declaring their engineering major, and their application will be considered after final grades, major changes, and GPAs are processed. 

Minimum admission criteria involve an evaluation of academic aptitude that fits the upper-division honors student's profile. These include a declared engineering major, and an overall GPA ≥ 3.50. Students have a higher likelihood of being accepted with completion of the preferred preparatory courses with a grade "B" or better. Applicants within this category must be native juniors (students admitted to CSULB as freshmen and have completed 60 semester units) and must meet transfer applicant criteria.

First Round with President’s Scholarships consideration (First-year, transfer and continuing CSULB students*)
Feb. 1: Application period opens
March 1: Application closes (Deadline for completed application and Letters of Recommendation**)


*Continuing CSULB students are not eligible for the President's Scholarship.

**It is suggested that you submit your application at least a week prior to the deadline to give your recommender ample time to submit their recommendation on your behalf.

Second Round (First-year, transfer, and continuing CSULB students)
March 15: Application period opens
May 15: Application closes (Deadline for completed application)


Spring Program Admittance (Transfer and continuing CSULB students)
Nov. 15: Application period opens
Dec. 15: Application closes (Deadline for completed application)

Engineering Honors Track I (minimum 21 lower and upper division units)

Designed for entering first-time-freshmen as of fall 2016. All honors coursework, except the thesis, is meant to be double counted with the engineering major and the CSULB GE requirements.

  • 1 unit ENGR 101H Intro to the Engineering Profession
  • 1 unit ENGR 102H Academic Success Skills
  • 1 unit Intro to the major (EE 200H, CECS 105H, CHE 100H, CE 101H, MAE 101AH, MAE 101BH, or BME 100H)
  • 6 units lower or upper division engineering honors courses
  • 9 units lower or upper division GE honors courses
  • 3 units ENGR 498H or UHP 498 Honors Thesis

Engineering Honors Track II (minimum 15 upper division units)

-Designed for upper-division transfers from community colleges and continuing CSULB students

-All honors coursework, except the thesis, is meant to be double counted with the engineering major and the CSULB GE requirements.

  • 6 units upper division engineering honors courses
  • 6 units upper division GE honors courses 
  • 3 units ENGR 498H or UHP 498 Honors Thesis

Academic Requirements to Remain in Engineering Honors Track

Engineering Honors students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in Honors and in all University courses attempted to earn an Honors Certificate. Students who fall below these required minimums are required to create a success plan with an honors academic advisor until they have reached a GPA of 3.00 or higher in all GPA calculations.   

Additionally, students who have failed to enroll in courses for Honors credit for two consecutive semesters are not considered in good standing and will normally be withdrawn from the Engineering Honors.  Demonstrated lack of engagement in the CSULB Honors community as well as dishonest behavior/plagiarism are also grounds for dismissal from the Engineering Honors track.