Curricular Requirements - University & Mountain Lion Honors

Those admitted to University Honors are required to:
  • enroll in GPS 1010/3010, Gray Matters, during their first semester in the program
  • enroll in the Honors-dedicated section* of COMM 2100, Public Speaking (spring semester, freshman year)
  • take three additional Honors-dedicated / designated courses* during their tenure at UCCS
  • enroll in an Honors Capstone Seminar ID 4950 (or an approved departmental capstone course in the student's major ) in their last year of study at UCCS
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75
  • actively participate in all required Honors events, especially those that are required


Those admitted to Mountain Lion Honors are required to:

  • enroll in GPS 1010/3010, Gray Matters, during their first semester in the program
  • enroll in the Honors-dedicated section* of COMM 2100, Public Speaking (spring semster, freshman year)
  • enroll in an Honors Capstone Seminar ID 4950 (or an approved departmental capstone course in the student's major ) in their last year of study at UCCS
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50
  • actively participate in all required Honors events, especially those that are required

*A "dedicated" Honors section of a course is a section of a multi-section course reserved for Honors students. A "designated" Honors course is an Honors Designated course whereby a student works with a faculty member to identify additional work they can do that goes above and beyond the standard course requirements. There are many different ways to approach this depending on the discipline. In the past, students have written essays, collaborated on research, served as a tutor or lab assistant for others in class, developed their own creative work or completed a more complex work product. There is no one model that fits for all courses so we ask the faculty member and the student to complete a contract that is turned in to the Assistant Director of the Honors Program. One final point of note: the work agreed upon to "designate" the course for Honors should not be factored into the final grade awarded to the student. Faculty members will still grade the student based on their completion of the course assignments required of all others, but faculty members will provide an additional pass/fail acknowledgement in regard to the additional work you and the student have contracted for. 

To obtain a copy of the Honors Learning Contract (Honors Designated Course Form), please click HERE.