B.S. (Honors)

The Bachelors of Science in Physics with Honors provides outstanding students with the opportunity to do original research with a faculty sponsor. To graduate with Honors, the student must carry out a research project, write up the project as an Honors Thesis, and present the research results in a departmental seminar.

Course Requirement

Admission to the Program

To be admitted to the track, a student must:

  • Be admitted to the BS Physics program with a lower division GPA of at least 3.5 in science and math courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.2;
  • Have completed at least 12 hours of physics courses;
  • Have arranged to be sponsored by a faculty researcher;
  • Submit a letter to the Physics Department requesting permission to pursue the honors course of study.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of all requirements for the BS Physics degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in science and math courses and overall GPA of 3.2.
  • Completion of honors research project in collaboration with a faculty advisor. The results of the research project must be written in the form of an honors thesis which is written in American Physical Society-style publication format. The faculty advisor and curriculum committee must judge the thesis as suitable in style and content.
  • Submission of two completed and approved copies of the Honors Thesis must be presented to the Physics department office; one copy is to be kept in the department and the second copy is to be housed in the University library.
  • The results of the research project must be presented orally to an audience of peers and faculty members in a departmental seminar.