The Physics Department offers an honors program that can lead to graduation with distinction or with high distinction based on academic excellence and on excellence in research as judged by a committee of physics faculty. The honors program requires writing a thesis followed by defending the thesis. Examples of physics theses can be found here. These requirements and procedures apply to both physics and biophysics degrees.
A physics major can also graduate with Latin honors, which is based on the student's grade point average and does not require any research. Details about Latin honors can found on the Registrar's webpage Academic Recognition and Honors.
Students doing senior thesis may wish to register for PHYSICS 495, an independent study course. However this is not required.
Please see the attached files for detailed information. The deadline for submission of intent to graduate with distinction is September 3, 2017.