Students majoring in astronomy, applied physics, or physics have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. They must maintain a minimum UI cumulative g.p.a. of 3.33 and complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty member, which requires the submission of an acceptable honors thesis. Students must give an oral presentation to the faculty and participate in a campus scientific poster session to describe their research project. Students are responsible for finding a faculty member willing to supervise their honors project.

For a step-by-step list to graduating with Honors in the major(s), see the Steps towards Honors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

For more information, contact the Honors Advisor:

Wayne Polyzou, Ph.D.
Professor / Honors Advisor
306 Van Allen Hall (VAN)

University of Iowa Honors Program

In addition to honors in the major, students may pursue honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. University honors students must maintain a 3.33 g.p.a., complete 12 s.h. of coursework designated as honors courses, and complete 12 s.h. of an experiential learning project. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

NOTE: Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the astronomy, applied physics, or physics majors.