Certain courses offer both standard and Honors variants, but you shouldn’t think of them like honors courses you encountered in high school. Rather, they are rigorous introductions to the subject for those interested in advanced study, and they are often particularly well suited for those interested in research.
Invitations to take Honors versions of Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics are based on placement. In general, you are encouraged to consider the highest courses for which you have the prerequisites, but you are not required to take an honors course if invited to do so. You may or may not decide that it makes sense for you based on your goals for the course and how valuable an additional time investment in that subject would be for you.
If you do opt for Honors coursework, we encourage you to be judicious about your schedule selection. These sequences can be extremely rewarding, but they are a time investment. To allow for that, you might decide to go with three courses in your first quarter to make sure things are manageable, or if you have the option of taking more than one Honors sequence, you might prioritize the one that makes the most sense for your interests. Feel free to call the Advising office if you want to discuss the pros and cons of Honors coursework as they might apply to you.