The CPPS offers an Honors Program for eligible students in all of its undergraduate programs as part of the Jesup Scott Honors College (JSHC). Highly qualified students entering the University in the CPPS will be considered for entry into honors courses and honors sections of major courses offered throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Decisions regarding entry of students into the Honors College will be made after evaluation of the honors application by the JSHC. Normally, entering students with an ACT composite score of 25 and above (or SAT equivalent), coupled with a 3.50/4.00 high school GPA, will be considered for entry into honors courses. During the first two years of study, the CPPS offers courses that orient the student toward the profession of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. Many honors students take much of their honors course work (required and elective courses) during the first two years of the curriculum.
A variety of required and elective courses also are offered with honors sections in the professional division. A specific honors seminar course and an honors thesis option are offered to fulfill the requirements for graduation with the Honors College medallion. These courses also can fulfill requirements for electives within the major.
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with the Honors College medallion is attainable by all students who complete at least 27 semester hours of honors course work with a grade of C or better and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. CPPS students in the JSHC honors program complete the Blue Track Honors Curriculum (with the Gold Track being optional). In the Blue Track, the following three honors courses are required: 1) HON 1010 – Ideas and Society (Humanities requirement), 2) HON 2010 – Multicultural Toledo (U.S. Multicultural and Social Sciences requirement), and 3) HON 3010 – Community Engagement. Other honors credit hours can be fulfilled by coursework in any college or department (with the exception of the thesis and seminar, which must be completed in the CPPS). In addition, five to eight hours of the 27 must be taken within the honors thesis project and honors seminar. These courses are to be taken within one department: medicinal and biological chemistry, pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, or pharmacy practice. Graduation with departmental honors is also available to students who are not members of the Honors College, but who meet departmental honors requirements. These departmental honors requirements are a GPA of 3.2 or higher and completion of eight hours of honors course work in one department, including the honors thesis and seminar.