Chemistry 117, 118 - Principles of Chemistry

Many freshman students entering West Virginia University each year pursue undergraduate majors, such as chemistry, biochemistry, forensic and investigative sciences, biology, and chemical engineering, which require them to enroll in an introductory general chemistry course.  Most science and engineering students elect to take the Chemistry 115/116 sequence. However, the Bennett Department of Chemistry also offers an honors level two-semester general chemistry sequence, Chemistry 117 and 118, which provides students with a more advanced treatment of fundamental chemical principles and their quantitative application in the laboratory.

Students who elect to take Chemistry 117 and 118 may use these two five-credit courses to substitute for Chemistry 115, 116, and 215, which are three core curriculum courses for all chemistry, biochemistry, and forensic and investigative sciences majors.

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Earning Honors Credit Over the Summer

Remember to contact the Honors College Office to get pre-approval to earn Honors credits for Internships, Study Abroad, Independent Study, and Undergraduate Research. 

Honors courses aren’t the only way you can earn Honors credit!  The following opportunities are also eligible to be enhanced for Honors credit. Follow these links for guidelines.

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Tell us about your Spring Honors course experience!

Dear Honors students,

In years past, we have administered paper evaluations in relation to individual courses.   These evaluations have told us about Honors courses in local ways, but did not tell us a lot about the broad Honors curricular experience.  This year, we’ve changed the way our Honors evaluations are working, and we’d very much like to have you tell us about your Honors courses for the Spring semester, in order to help us identify how whole program is doing.  

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Looking for Undergraduate Research Experience?

Dear Honors College Student,

Here is a great opportunity for honors undergraduate students who want/need research experience, and who are interested in sports.  The area of emphasis is in coaching education, performance excellence in coaching and ethics in coaching.  For one of the projects, we are looking at the coaching literature within sport and exercise psychology journals.  I am looking for students who are interested in gaining experience doing research.  Ideally, the interested students would do this for internship credit with me (Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach) this summer and/or this fall.  

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Poetry Slam This Week

Students in ENGL 255H class will perform Prose Poem/Essays in a Poetry Slam this Wednesday, May 3rd, in Colson Hall 130 starting at 11:00 am. Come hear the amazing pieces the students wrote connecting their personal experiences to the course concepts and texts. They are brilliant, creative, individual, thoughtful, generous, and deep! Each poem/essay is 5-6 minutes maximum. Come and go as your schedule dictates. All are welcome to attend.

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Last Week for testWELL Tutoring

The last day of tutoring offered by the testWELL Learning Center will be Thursday, April 27th at 8 pm in Honors Hall. Take advantage of the free tutoring prior to final exam week. Best wishes and hope everyone finishes strong.

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The European International Model United Nations - Applications Due

Dear Honors College student,

I am writing to you about a very promising foreign study venture for internationally-oriented students now completing their first (or, in some cases, second year) at WVU. This is the largely funded opportunity to participate in The European International Model United Nations (TEIMUN) to be held in The Hague, Netherlands this summer in mid-July. Since 2009 the International Studies Program and the Division of Student Life have partnered to take students to this model UN conference. All this has been very successful. TEIMUN is run by graduate students from universities throughout the Netherlands and beyond (including past WVU participants), and it is academically rigorous and internationally meaningful. This is true in two respects.

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Learning Sciences & Human Development Research Project – Job Openings

Dr. Melissa Patchan, Learning Sciences & Human Development, is seeking several students to work on a research project that examines the usefulness of peer feedback (e.g., feedback provided by students to help peers improve their writing). Students' primary responsibilities will involve sorting peer feedback comments based on certain features (i.e., coding). Training and regular meetings with Megan Mikesell and Dr. Patchan will also be required. Students will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Although there is some flexibility in which hours/days students work, the majority of these hours must occur on Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. Multiple positions are available in the Summer and Fall semesters. See the attached flyer for more information and what information you need before contacting Dr. Patchan (

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