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BS in Physics with Honors

The Honors program in Physics 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.

  • Honors Admissions

    To be admitted to the track, a student must:

    • Be admitted to the BS in 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 in 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, 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 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.