Programs with Course Credit

Directed Independent Research (4912)

What is it?

Directed Independent Research (XXX 4912) is a course for students who are working closely with a faculty member on a research or creative project. It is available in most majors to document and formalize independent research activities for undergraduates. You enroll in 4912 with your research mentor.

Enrolling in 4912 credit ensures that your research experience shows up on your transcript: this is a very good thing for students applying to graduate and professional schools

There are three ways to enroll in 4912:

  • For 1+ credits: This option can, in some cases, fulfill upper-level elective requirements for your major (Please see an advisor prior to enrolling for these credits). You and your mentor should discuss the grading scale when enrolling for credit. You and your mentor will have the option to choose either an A-F grading scale (contributes to your GPA) or an S/U grading scale (does not contribute).
  • For zero credit: This option is no-cost (tuition is waived if you are enrolled in other credit-bearing courses). It does not contribute (positively or negatively) toward your GPA as it is graded S/U in most cases but is still listed in your courseload on your transcript.
  • Variable Semester (7 Week Term): This term begins on the 7th week of Fall and Spring semesters. It is a good option if you start a new project in the first half of the term, or missed the Add deadline. It is always zero credit and S/U grade.

Please note, if you are a university volunteer you are not eligible to enroll in 4912.

How do you enroll?

The process is done through your academic advisors, not through MyUCF. We strongly encourage starting this process the semester beforehand (some departments and college’s deadlines for registration are earlier than the Add deadline). You will need your faculty mentor’s assistance.

1. Check with your academic advisor to determine how many credit hours you should enroll in:

    • 0 Credit Hour Option: best for students in a full-load or who do not have the option to take 4912 as an upper-division elective.
    • 1+ Credits: should only be done if it fits into your academic plan as it may contribute to excess hours
    • Meet with your faculty mentor to discuss the expectations for this course.

2. Your faculty mentor will, in most cases, need to create a syllabus built around your project
3. Contact your advising office to get a copy of the 4912 enrollment form

Deadlines to Apply

Deadlines for the Summer and Fall semesters will be updated here.

Need help? If you have trouble with this process, feel free to contact OUR.

Honors Undergraduate Thesis Program

HUT is an undergraduate research program that provides eligible students from all majors the opportunity to engage in independent and original research. It is modeled after the Master’s degree level thesis, in which students develop their own research question, conduct research, and then write and defend their thesis with the help of a faculty committee.

This program requires that students enroll in at least two courses: Directed Readings I (4903H) and Thesis I (4970H). Upon successful completion of the program, students earn the Honors in the  Major distinction on their diplomas and transcripts.

Note: These courses typically count as upper-division electives, but make sure to consult your degree plan and catalog. For more information about this program, visit  The Burnett Honors College. Please note, if you are a registered as a university volunteer while conducting your research, you can not enroll in a course for it.

Introduction to Research Courses

IDS 3913 (1 credit)

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports UCF undergraduate students across all majors who are interested in research and creative scholarship. Whether your interests lie in the humanities, physical and applied sciences, engineering, social sciences, hospitality, or business, this 1-credit, Introduction to Research course will greatly benefit you!

You have two options for applying in the Introduction to Research (IDS 3913) course. Both teach the same information, but in different ways.

  1. Summer Research Academy (SRA) – a fast-paced, 3-day event in July, ideal for students who want to begin research in the fall.
    • SRA is offered as a Summer B for-credit course or as non-credit with pre-academy assignments two weeks before SRA meeting dates.
    • Summer 2022 SRA will meet on July 21, 22, 23 with some online pre- and post-Academy assignments during the Summer B term.
    • Applications are open February 15 to June 1
  2. Introduction to Research & Creative Scholarship Opportunities (INTRO) – a semester long (fall or spring), immersive, classroom experience. This is an HIP course, Integrative-Learning Experience (IE Course Designation).
      • Applications for Fall INTRO are open June 15 to August 1
      • Applications for Spring INTRO are open September 15 to December 1
      • Fall 2022 INTRO courses meet in-person on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:45 in TCH 103 and virtually through Zoom from 12:00 – 1:15 on Thursdays.

In both programs/courses, students will:

  • Learn about the nature of university research and how it can expand your undergraduate experience.
  • Meet with research faculty and other students active in research.
  • Explore research opportunities available to undergraduate students at UCF.
  • Prepare professionally for future research, internships/careers, and advanced degrees.
  • Earn 1-credit hour for completing the Introduction to Research (IDS 3913) course

Learn more here.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Office of Undergraduate Research: email INTRO@ucf.edu