Completing the Major:  Honors in the Major

The department awards honors (3.5 GPA or better) and highest honors (3.8 GPA or better) to top graduating students each year.  Recommendations for these awards are made by the department chair and are based upon excellence of academic performance, particularly in upper-division physics courses, as reflected in grades and the narrative evaluations.  The department also awards honors for outstanding work on the senior thesis, made upon the recommendation of the senior supervisor and the thesis technical advisor.