Well-qualified students who want to build an exceptionally strong foundation in physics have the opportunity to pursue an honors designation. Our honors program encourages excellence in coursework and recognizes the importance of undergraduate research participation. If you intend to enroll in graduate school, we strongly recommend that you pursue the honors option.
The key component of the honors program is involvement in an independent research project, carried out under the supervision of a faculty member. This work culminates in the writing of an honors thesis before the end of the senior year. Honors students also give an oral presentation describing their work.
In addition to fulfilling the requirements associated with the B.S. degree, students in the honors program are expected to complete additional course work for this degree. In particular, they must complete at least two of the three courses: P332, P442, and P454. Honors students are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all physics courses.