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STEM Research Honors Certificate

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Contact: Raina Ivanova, Ph.D. (
Phone: (808) 932-7532

The STEM Research Honors Certificate will expose students from all Natural Science departments and programs to the highest academic standards and provide them with guidance, academic mentorship, and opportunities to participate in advanced modern research. By working with outstanding students and inspiring them to reach their full potential for research and creativity in the STEM disciplines, the program will train the next generation of scientists, engineers, resource managers, STEM leaders, and innovators. The total number of credits required for the certificate varies by major (see table below).


The STEM Research Honors Certificate Program promotes academic excellence and provides exceptional undergraduate students from all mathematics and science majors the opportunity to participate in collaborative research or conduct their own research under the guidance of a mentor.

Program Learning Outcomes

The STEM Research Honors Certificate Program promotes the following skills:

  1. (Knowledge): Demonstrate mastery of the core material in mathematics and their major discipline
  2. (Knowledge): Demonstrate mastery of advanced concepts in their major discipline 
  3. (Reasoning): Use a variety of scientific techniques to collect data, analyze it, and test hypotheses.
  4. (Reasoning): Analyze research activities in terms of where they fit within the scientific method
  5. (Communication): Articulate, both verbally and in writing, the purpose, methods, findings, and significance of their research

Student Learning Outcomes

STEM Research Honors Certificate Program graduates should be able to: 

  1. Conduct original research or engage in applications of prior research
  2. Prepare a formal research proposal
  3. Report their findings in a manuscript
  4. Present their results in the STEM Honors Research Symposium


Requirements for the STEM Research Honors Certificate:

  • MATH 205 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 206 Calculus II (4)   
  • Major 399 Directed Studies (3)
  • Major 499 Directed Studies (3)
  • HON 495 STEM Honors Research Symposium (1)

In addition to the requirements above, students must complete 3 to 8 credits of major core courses for their major only:

Biology (8)

  • BIOL 175 Introductory Biology I (3)
  • BIOL 175L Introductory Biology I Lab (1)
  • BIOL 270 Intermed Cell & Molecular Biol (3)
  • BIOL 270L Intermed Cell & Molecular Biol Lab (1)

Chemistry (8)

  • CHEM 241 Organ Chem I (3)
  • CHEM 241L Organ Chem I Lab (1)
  • CHEM242 Organic Chem II (3)
  • CHEM 242L Organic Chem II Lab(1)

Computer Science (3)

  • CS 321 Data structure (3)

Environmental Sciences (3)

  • ENSC 385 Fld Meth in Geog & Environ Sci (3)

Geology (7 or 8)

  • GEOL 112 Hist of the Earth & Its Life (3)
  • GEOL 112L Hist of the Earth & Its Life Lab (1)

and either

  • GEOL 330 Deformation of the Earth (3)


  • GEOL 212 Earth Materials I: Minerals (4)

Marine Sciences (8)

  • MARE 265 Marine Ecology and Evolution (3)

and either

  • MARE 350 Coastal Methods and Analyses (3)
  • MARE 350L Coastal Methods and Analyses Lab (2)


  • MARE 353 Pelagic Methods and Analyses (3)
  • MARE 353L Pelagic Methods and Analyses Lab (2)

Note: In Marine Science, MARE 470 Senior Thesis research (3) and MARE 471 Senior Thesis Report (3) will substitute for Major 399 Independent Study (3) and Major 499 Independent Study (3)

Mathematics (6)

  • MATH 231 Calculus III (3)
  • MATH 232 Calculus IV (3)

Physics & Astronomy (6)


  • PHYS 270 Gen Phys III: Intro Modern Phy (3)
  • PHYS 331 Optics (3)


  • PHYS 270 Gen Phys III: Intro Modern Phy (3)

Total number of credits required (by major):

Major Total Credits
Biology 23
Chemistry 23
Computer Science 18
Geology 23
Marine Science 23
Mathematics 21
Physics and Astronomy 21


Revised on 03/11/2015 by SW.