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Honors Program, Engineering

The Engineering Honors Program (EHP) offers an exciting opportunity for academically talented students to enrich their engineering education with advanced engineering honors courses, honors seminar, collaboration with faculty on research, civic engagement, and professional and leadership development opportunities. It is an elite program that is intended for highly motivated students who are interested in expanding their knowledge to the “bigger picture.”

Participants experience an intellectual and challenging classroom environment. Co-curricular programming focuses on creativity and innovation. Characteristics of successful leaders in the global engineering community will be emphasized throughout the curriculum. The EHP is integrated into the engineering curriculum and offers participants the opportunity to complete their program of study in 4 years with a Certificate of Honors in Engineering. The EHP is administered by the EHP coordinator and the dean’s office. 


Engineering freshmen who have completed at least 16 credits in their first semester at Widener University with a cumulative GPA and tech GPA of 3.25 or higher are eligible for the EHP. In addition, freshmen must earn a grad “B-” or better in Math 141, Math 142, or higher; one prescribed science lecture; and one engineering course during their first semester at Widener University. Transfer students who have a GPA of 3.5 or better and who earned approved transferrable credit in MATH 141, CHEM 145/147, and PHYS 161/163 with a grade of “B” or better at matriculation are also eligible. 

Program Requirements

Honors students must complete the following requirements to earn a certificate of honors in engineering:

  • Engineering honors seminar
  • ENGR 213 Statics (honors)
  • One junior-level course in the major (honors)
  • One graduate course in the major (as a senior technical elective)
  • Completion of the Oskin Leadership Institute’s leadership certificate program
  • Senior project (joint project with other schools/colleges or multidisciplinary project involving seniors from more than one engineering department)
  • Attend three professional societies and/or cultural campus events per year
  • Perform 100 hours of community service in approved areas.

Transfer credit following matriculation in the courses listed above is not acceptable. For more details on program requirements, contact the dean’s office.

Certificate Completion

To earn a Certificate of Honors in Engineering, students must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and a tech GPA of 3.25 (cumulative GPA applied to all engineering, mathematics, and science courses attempted at Widener University) or higher at graduation and satisfy the above program requirements. A Certificate of Honors in Engineering will be awarded to students who meet the requirements of the program at graduation. The official transcript will document the award of the certificate.