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Quanta-Honors College

Daytona State’s Quanta Honors College is a learning community designed to offer an alternative to regular college classes for highly motivated students who value academic achievement and want the competitive advantage that an Honors degree gives.

In the Honors College, you will take all of your general education courses in learning community clusters.  (You’ll still be able to take the courses in your major outside the Quanta Honors College program.)  Each cluster is made up of three courses which are integrated around a theme.  For example, the Fall semester of 2015 will focus on issues of race and ethnicity in the United States, and the Spring semester will deal with the interaction of religion and politics in India, China and the Middle East.

The classes are challenging, but you’ll have a lot of support to make sure that you do well.  You’ll have three professors in the classroom every day, and dedicated tutors in our writing and math courses.  You’ll do much of your work in small groups and will have plenty of time to discuss, explore new ideas and apply these ideas to real-world problems.

Why do students choose Quanta-Honors College for their associate’s degree?

Students tell us that they like the classes because they are participatory – we discuss rather than lecture.  They like that we value thinking outside the box and challenging the conventional wisdom.  And there are some awesome perks:

  • In 2015, everyone will be using I-Pads in the classroom, so your books will cost less and we’ll use real-time interactive activities in class.
  • You’ll make a lot of new friends because you’ll work mainly in small groups.
  • You'll get a scholarship equivalent to 10 percent of your in-state tuition each semester.  To keep it, you just have to maintain a grade point average of 3.2.
  • We have a dedicated classroom with a student lounge and computers just for your use.
  • We help you figure out where to transfer for your bachelor’s degree and help you decide on a major.

Are you eligible to join?

You are eligible if you:

  • Have a high school grade point average of 3.2 or better OR
  • Have PERT scores of 106 in reading and 103 in writing OR
  • Have SAT scores of 500 in critical reading or math OR
  • Have ACT scores of 20 in reading, English and math..

If you want to enroll

  • Download the online application. (.docx)
  • Complete and return the application to or mail it to Maggie Karda, Quanta-Honors College, 1200 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114.
  • Your application for the Fall semester of 2015 must be received by 5:00 P.M. on August 3, 2015.  Applications for new students in the Spring semester of 2015 must be received by December 1, 2015.

The courses you’ll take

Fall 2015

  • English composition (ENC 1101)
  • Critical thinking (SLS 2502)
  • Contemporary American literature (AML 2060)
  • These classes meet on the Daytona campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 12:20.

Spring 2016

  • Writing with research (ENC 1102)
  • Comparative government (CPO 2001)
  • World religion (REL 2300)
  • These classes meet on the Daytona campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 12:20.

Fall 2016

  • Statistics (STA 2023)
  • Scientific and professional report writing (ENC 2210)
  • American federal government (POS 2041)
  • These classes meet on the Daytona campus on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:20.

Spring 2017

  • Honors seminar, where you will complete a final research project of your choosing.

*Register for Quanta-Honors classes by going to the Course Search page, selecting More Search Options, then checking Quanta under the Class Type tab.

Graduating with a Quanta Honors College degree

In addition to your class work in the Quanta Honors College program, you need to complete the following requirements in order to graduate with an Honors degree:

  • Do sixty hours of service learning in the community during the two years it will take you to finish your A.A. degree.  We’ll have volunteer opportunities available for you or you can propose something that is particularly interesting to you.
  • Do a final research project in an academic area of interest to you during the Honors Seminar.
  • Graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2.

If you have questions or want to talk more about Quanta-Honors College classes, please call or email

Maggie Karda
Chair, Quanta-Honors College
Daytona State College
1200 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
(386) 506-4219

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