Honors Program

The goal of the Honors Program in Computing and Inforrmatics is to identify creative, imaginative, and exceptional undergraduate CCI students and develop their potential through encouragement, opportunity, and recognition. By providing such students with the benefits of smaller classes and a more challenging curriculum, CCI hopes to impact retention of majors, entry into our graduate programs, and have talented undergraduate students contribute to and participate in faculty research. CCI honors students complete a tailored experiential learning curriculum that provides hands-on training that is not typically provided in the classroom. This training culminates in a senior honors project that can be tailored to a variety of interests, including entrepreneurship, research, and industry.

Admission: Consideration for admission to the CCI Honors Program may be initiated by the student or by any faculty member in the College of Computing and Informatics. A student is eligible to begin participation in the Honors Program in his/her Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year of study. 

For Current Students: To qualify, current students must have an overall GPA of 3.20 and a GPA of 3.50 in CCI courses. 

For Incoming students: For incoming students, admission is based on their SAT course, GPA, PGI, and IB and AP coursework. Honors program applications from beginning freshman will be processed on the first day of classes for that semester. 

To apply into the program: Students must fill out an online application (http://goo.gl/forms/SNbgqwVoG4). Applications must be received by Dec. 1 for Spring admission and May 1 for Fall admission. The Honors Committee in Computing and Informatics will review the materials of all eligible student applicants and admit students into the Program.

Program Requirements

Students in the CCI Honors Program must complete the following courses:

  • ITCS/ITIS/BINF 2700 - CCI Honors Seminar,
  • ITCS 3610 - Computing Leaders Seminar, there is typically an honors section of this course, consult your advisor before registering,
  • ITCS/ITIS/BINF 3700 - Professionalism and Communication in Technology,
  • 6 credit hours of Honors Capstone Experience in ITCS 4155, 4232, 4650, 4990, 4991 as per their degree requirements. The Capstone Experience includes oral and written components. Depending on student interest, the written component could include a professional portfolio, business plan, or research report.

As this program is developing students may also request to take an honors by contract course. A course may be designated as an honors course as follows: The course is specifically designed for honors students, or the student and instructor make a contract in a regular course to identify the additional work that will be performed by the student; this agreement must be approved by the CCI Honors committee.

Graduation Requirements

All students planning to graduate with honors must submit to the Honors College an Application to Candidacy Form with a thesis/project proposal by the deadline the semester PRIOR to the semester in which they expect to complete the thesis/project. This process includes review of the proposal by CCI Honors Committee and sometimes requires revisions. Plan ahead and contact the Honors Committee early to facilitate this process; he or she, as well as your thesis advisor and any reader(s), must review the proposal and approve it via signature before submission.  This Application to Candidacy process is required before taking any honors thesis/project courses on campus. For more information, including the form, deadlines, and guidelines, see: https://admissions.uncc.edu/admissions/apply-now.  Students who fail to complete this required step will not be able to proceed with the thesis/project, nor graduate with honors.

Honors Recognition

To graduate with Honors in Computing and Informatics students must:

  • maintain an overall GPA of 3.20 (same requirement for admission into the program), 
  • complete the required honors courses with GPA of at least 3.5,
  • complete the Capstone Experience with a grade of “A” all 6 credit hours. 

Upon completing the requirements of the Honors program, receiving the recommendation of the College of Computing and Informatics Honors Committee and the Department Chair, and upon certification by the Honors College, the honors candidate shall be graduated with Honors in Computing and Informatics. Recognition of such distinction shall be noted on the student's permanent record.

Further Inquiries: cci-honors-program@listserv.uncc.edu