The department offers students the opportunity to complete a senior
thesis. These are the guidelines:
Students must submit a Senior
Application form once they
identify a physics project, either theoretical or experimental,
consultation with individual faculty members. Proposal forms are
available from the Undergraduate Coordinator and must be
the week prior to the November Thanksgiving break of the
in which the student plans to graduate.
Credit for the project is assigned by the advisor within the
of PHYSICS 205. A minimum of 3 units of PHYSICS 205 must
for a letter grade during the senior year. Work completed
Thesis program may not be used as a substitute for regular
courses for the Physics major.
A written report and a presentation of the work at its
required for the Senior Thesis. By mid-May, the Senior
candidate is required to present the project at the department’s
Thesis Presentation Program. This event is publicized and
general public. The expectation is that the student’s
reader, and all other Senior Thesis candidates attend.
Physics majors will be granted a Bachelor of Science in Physics with
Honors if they satisfy three requirements beyond the general Physics
The student files for entry into the honors program by
completing an Honors Program
(available from the undergraduate
coordinator) by the same deadline as the Senior Thesis
eligibility is confirmed by the department.
The student completes a senior thesis by meeting the deadlines
and requirements described above.
The student completes their course work with an overall GPA of
higher, and a GPA of 3.50 or higher in courses required for the
For more information and details, see the Honors frequently-asked
questions handout: HonorsFAQ.pdf
PHYSICS 205: Senior Thesis Research
Long-term experimental or theoretical project and thesis in Physics
under supervision of a faculty member. Planning of the thesis
project is recommended to begin as early as middle of the junior
Successful completion of a senior thesis requires a minimum of 3
of this course completed for a letter grade during the senior year,
along with the
other formal thesis and physics major requirements. Students
doing research for credit prior to senior year should sign up for
Physics 190. Prerequisites: superior work as an undergraduate
Physics major and approval of the thesis application.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-12 | Repeatable for credit |
Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit