Learn, grow, achieve GLOBALLY
The Palo Alto College Honors Program challenges high-achieving students to fully engage with their courses, their college, their community, and beyond. The Honors Program consists of 12 hours of course work in small classes with mentoring by dedicated faculty. Not only do honors courses bring a global perspective to learning, but there are also opportunities for travel to local and national conferences and cultural events. In addition, students can participate in community service activities at home and abroad. By making the world their classroom, honors students experience first-hand what it means to be a citizen of today's vibrant global culture.
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Spring 2020 Honors Courses
As an Honors student, you can pick one Honors course to add to your schedule each semester. An Honors faculty member will contact you to enroll you in the course.
Applications will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2019.
|BIOL 1309: Biology II for non-majors||T/TH 9:30–10:45 a.m.||Brad Chandler|
|BIOL 1407: Biology II for science majors||Class - T/TH 8–9:25 a.m.
Lab - T 9:30 a.m.–noon
|Dr. Robert Miranda|
|CHEM 1412: General Chemistry II||Class - T/TH 11 a.m–12:15 p.m.
Lab - T 12:30–3 p.m.
|EDUC 1301: Intro to Teaching Profession||T/TH 9:30–10 a.m.
||Dr. Amie DeLeon|
|EDUC 1302: Special Populations||T/TH 11 a.m–12:15 p.m.
||Dr. Amie DeLeon
|ENGL 1302: English Composition II||M/W 9:30–10:45 a.m.||Lisa Trevino Torres|
|HIST 1302: US History II||T/TH 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.||Tori Beckman-Wilson|
|HUMA 1305: Intro to Mexican American Studies||M/W 12:30–1:45 p.m.||Dr. Lori Beth Rodriguez|
|MATH 1414: College Algebra (Pre-Calculus Track)||T/TH 9–10:40 a.m.||Dr. Monette Elizalde|
Yes! Every Honors course you take will be annotated on your transcripts. If you complete 12 units of Honors-designated courses from our program and you'll be recognized as an Honors Graduate both on your transcripts and at graduation. Whether you take one Honors course or complete the four-course Honors sequence, participation in the Palo Alto College Honors Program demonstrates your intellectual curiosity and your commitment to academic achievement.
No. There is usually a world of difference between high school and college honors courses. In many high schools, honors courses are the normal courses "made harder" with extra readings, extra assignments, and more rigorous grading. At college, honors courses are specially "enriched" courses, not normal courses made "harder." Grading standards are the same as in non-honors college courses.
As an honors student, you will gain confidence in your academic abilities through ongoing faculty mentoring, experiencing the personal attention provided by small honors classes, and working with other honors students.
No. Honors courses aren't graded harder (or easier) than other college courses. A student who averages a 3.5 in regular courses will probably earn a 3.5 GPA for honors courses, too. In fact, data from schools similar to Palo Alto College indicates that most students maintain or improve their GPA's after participating in the Honors Program.