Physics Honor Program

Requirements to Participate

  • Currently have a 3.3 cumulative (overall) UC GPA
  • Currently have a 3.3 GPA in the Physics major requirements (lower and upper division combined)
  • Currently have a 3.3 GPA in the Physics major upper division courses

Students who meet the requirements can submit their H195A/B proposal/contract, signed by their faculty advisor, to their undergraduate advisor, Anna Hilke (last names A-L: ahilke@berkeley.edu) or Kathleen Cooney (last names M-Z: kathleen.cooney@berkeley.edu). Students should check in with their undergraduate advisor if they are unsure whether they meet GPA requirements as proposals will not be accepted for those below the GPA requirement. Note, too, that GPAs are not rounded up; they must be 3.3 or higher. 

Requirements to Graduate with Honors

  • Complete at least two (2) semesters of research
  • Enroll in Physics H195A (2.0 units) and Physics H195B (2.0 units) during the last two semesters at Cal
  • Have and maintain a cumulative UCB GPA, major GPA and upper division GPA of 3.3 or higher (all three)
  • Complete one semester of the Physics H190 seminar (only offered spring semesters)
  • Write an honors thesis approved by your Physics thesis adviser
  • Submit a copy of the final approved thesis signed and dated by your thesis advisor to your physics major advisor no later than the last week day of final exams of the graduating semester. Note that your physics major advisor will email you in the last month of your final semester to remind you to submit your completed and signed thesis (usually to a GoogleForm)