Polymathic Scholars – honors students in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) who seek the Evidence and Inquiry certificate – will complete a total of seven 3-credit-hour courses and six 1-credit-hour courses, for a total of 27 credit hours. Non-CNS students, as well as CNS students who don't pursue the honors curriculum, will take a different sequence.
Year 1 (5 credit hours)
In their first semester, Polymaths enroll in a Signature course for CNS honors students, UGS 303 / Originality in the Arts and Sciences. They also participate in a year-long first-year seminar in which they meet with more than 25 faculty members representing over a dozen departments. The goal of the seminar is to introduce students not only to some of the university’s finest teachers and researchers, but also to the range of intellectual work on campus.
Year 2 (5 TO 8 credit hours)
During their second year, Polymaths design a multidisciplinary field of study inspired by one or more questions they would like to answer by the time they graduate. Before they begin coursework in their field, they write a proposal in which they explain why their field of study interests them, argue that it deserves scholarly attention, and identify at least five relevant university courses and two faculty members with relevant research interests. They’ll take no fewer than four of the five courses, two of which must be upper-division (i.e., advanced). Polymaths determine and propose their field in NSC 109 / Polymathic Scholars Field Invention, a weekly seminar, in the fall semester of their second year. In the spring, students will enroll in either one or two field courses and in NSC 110 / CNS Honors Seminar, a weekly seminar on varying topics selected by faculty.
Year 3 (8 to 11 credit hours)
Polymaths enroll in either two or three field courses and, in each semester, NSC 110 / CNS Honors Seminar.
Year 4 (6 credit hours)
During their final year, Polymaths take the Capstone sequence, NSC 323 in the fall and NSC 371 in the spring.