Participation in the Physics Department's honors program is available to outstanding students in all areas of concentration. This program enables students to do intensive work in a chosen area and therefore involves work that extends beyond ordinary course requirements and ordinary standards of performance. Any physics major with a cumulative average of 3.5 at the end of his or her first three years will be invited by the department to work toward honors. The honors program in physics consists of a research project and thesis.
According to standards set by the College:
- Honors (cum laude) represents satisfactory completion of the program, with an overall average of 3.5.
- High Honors (magna cum laude) represents completion of the program with outstanding performance, including an overall average of 3.5 and a thesis of quality sufficient for oral presentation to scholars in the candidate's field.
- Highest Honors (summa cum laude) represents completion of the program with exceptional performance, including an overall average of 3.5 and a thesis of a quality suitable for publication.