Is it required?</p>
<p>The thesis is not required in any way. However, there are a number of advantages to doing an undergraduate thesis.
Further, completing an undergraduate thesis and receiving an “A” in each semester will gain you “Special Honors” upon graduation. This honor will appear on your transcript, and completing a thesis is the only way to receive this honor. Do keep in mind, however, that doing a thesis has nothing to do with graduating with Highest/High/normal Honors; that’s based completely on your GPA.
<p>Wait, so if I'm accepted to Engineering Honors, I'm not required to complete the thesis? Woah. At UT, Chemical Engineering Honors has the exact same courseload as Chemical Engineering. That means UT ChemE Honors and regular ChemE are pretty much the same if I decide not to do a thesis!</p>
<p>If I am admitted to ChemE Honors, and decide I do not want to complete the thesis, then what's the real difference? Is this thesis "Special Honors" designation a separate designation than simply being in Chemical Engineering Honors?</p>