Honors-in-Discipline Program
Department of Physics & Astronomy
East Tennessee State University

Who may apply:

  • Entering Freshman, or
  • Students after their first semester freshman year at ETSU, or
  • Transfer students, or
  • Physics majors in their second or later years at ETSU

  • Entering freshman admitted to the Physics Honors program must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 overall on a 4.0 scale and an ACT composite score of 25 or SAT composite score of 1180.
  • Students entering the Physics Honors program after their first semester freshman year at ETSU, or physics majors in their second or later years at ETSU, must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Physics courses.
  • Transfer students into the Physics Honors program must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5.


    Appplications may be submitted over the Internet, by e-mail, or by post. Deadline is June 1. Applications will be reviewed by the program coordinator and two Physics Honors faculty. The applicant will be notified of his/her status within one month of receipt of the application. Please keep in mind that the ETSU Physics & Astronomy Department requests that entering freshmen have high school pre-calculus and physics.


    Retention in the Physics Honors Program includes at least 15 credit hours per semester and a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 in the first 30 credit hours, 3.3 for 30 to 45 credit hours, and 3.5 after 45 credit hours. Honors students who do not meet these requirements for one semester may request probation. Their current honors courses professors and the Honors Program Coordinator will meet with the student and make a decision regarding probation. If the student meets the retention requirements after the period of probation, then they will remain in the Physics Honors Program.


    To graduate with a Physics Honors Major, honors students must have completed all major course requirements and successfully completed and orally presented their senior Honors Theses. The overall minimum GPA must be 3.3 and GPA in physics must be 3.5. Honors students majoring in Physics may, at the option of the Honors in Discipline committee, be presented with a final exam in Physics. This exam would be similar to a graduate programs entrance exam, based on the better problems in the Physics textbook used in the Physics Department Technical Physics (PHYS2110-20) course.

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    Last Modified 9/1/09