Lab science honors-level courses
Course criteria & guidance
Beginning with the 2015-16 submission period, the following course criteria is effective for honors-level courses seeking approval in the laboratory science ("d") subject area:
Honors-level courses in the laboratory sciences require at least one year of prior laboratory science. All honors-level laboratory science courses must be demonstrably more challenging than the college-preparatory science and mathematics courses required as prerequisites. Topics covered and laboratory exercises must be in depth and involve advanced analysis and research. Each honors-level course must have a comprehensive written final examination, including laboratory concepts and skills. Senior projects and other long-term student inquiries may constitute part of this comprehensive examination. A clear and robust rationale for why this course should be considered honors-level must be included.
UC-approved honors laboratory science courses must also meet the general “a-g” honors-level course criteria.
Samples of honors-level courses approved in the “d” subject area are available for reference as you prepare your own course for UC approval.