Department of Physics and Astronomy

Honors in physics & astronomy

Qualified juniors and seniors may be invited to work for the citation Honors in Physics and Astronomy


The Honors Program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy is open to physics majors and may be taken concurrently with the College Honors. Admission to the program is based upon the student's academic achievement (at least a 3.0 GPA overall; 3.3 GPA in the major), recommendations of previous instructors and an interview with the departmental Honors Officer. A petition for entrance into the program normally should be made before the end of the sophomore year.




In order to graduate with departmental Honors, the students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.3 GPA in the major. In addition to the normal requirements for a physics undergraduate major, the student must successfully complete six hours of physics with honors in courses numbered above 3320*, Elementary Differential Equations and three hours of math at or above the 3000-level, and three hours of PHYS 4910. PHYS 4910 is independent research and requires a written thesis and presentation of an oral report upon completion of work. The oral report and written thesis will strongly influence the granting of the Honors citation. *ASTR 4810, 4820 may count toward this requirement.
Last Updated: 1/8/17