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Quanta-Honors College

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

Quanta-Honors students take many of their general education courses in learning community course clusters. (Electives and pre-requisite courses for specific majors may still be taken outside Quanta-Honors.) Each cluster is made up of multiple courses that are integrated around a theme. Past themes, for example, have included “Myth and the Hero’s Journey” (Introduction to Composition, Introduction to Humanities, Critical Thinking), “Plastic Paradise” (Introduction to Oceanography, General Psychology, Survey in Mathematics), and “Radical Communities” (Writing with Research, Literature and Culture, Introduction to Internet Research).

The classes are challenging, but extensive support is available to ensure that students do well. Students work in small groups and 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 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. Plus, there are some awesome perks:

  • Nearly all course readings are provided to students through Falcon Online at no charge, cutting students’ total textbook expenses by 50% or more.
  • Students make a lot of new friends because class work is done mainly in small groups.
  • Students who maintain a 3.2 grade point average receive a 10-percent tuition scholarship each semester.
  • Quanta-Honors students are provided a dedicated classroom with a student lounge and computers for their exclusive use.
  • Quanta-Honors faculty help you figure out where to transfer for your bachelor's degree and help you decide on a major. We also have specialized transfer agreements with Stetson University, Eckerd College and the Burnett Honors College at UCF.  Stetson offers Quanta-Honors students a financial package covering 100% of tuition and fees for the bachelor’s degree.

Entrance Requirements

Quanta-Honors is for any student who wants to be an honors student!  Some students join the program having already participated in previous high school or other honors programs; others are first-timers.  We think success comes from hard work and dedication, and we welcome students who are eager to add ‘honors’ to their accomplishments for the first time.  We also welcome students from diverse backgrounds.  Typical classes include traditional college students as well as non-traditional students, dual enrolled high school students, veterans, and parents.  All students are encouraged to apply.

Graduating with a Quanta-Honors College degree

In addition to completing courses through the Quanta-Honors College, students must complete the following requirements in order to graduate with an honors degree:

  • Do 60 hours of service learning in the community prior to earning the A.A. degree.
  • Complete a final research project.
  • Graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2.

For more information about the Quanta-Honors College, please visit daytonastate.edu/quantahonorscollege or contact:


Ben Graydon
Chair, Quanta-Honors College
Daytona State College
1200 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
(386) 506-3927
Benjamin.Graydon@DaytonaState.edu