Department of Physics
Moulton Hall 311
Campus Box 4560
Normal, Il 61790-4560
Welcome to the Department of Physics.
The Physics Departmental Honors Program is designed to recognize special achievement by undergraduate Physics majors in the discipline of Physics. The program requirements are rigorous and require substantial participation in physics or physics education research with a faculty mentor from the Department of Physics.
Students majoring in any sequence in Physics may be admitted to the Departmental Honors Program if they have:
In order to graduate with Honors in Physics, a student must remain in good standing in the University Honors Program and must complete:
For more information, see your Physics Advisor
Illinois State University has a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honor Society. Sigma Pi Sigma chapters are restricted to colleges and universities of recognized standing that offer a strong physics major. The chapters receive into membership undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and a few others in closely related fields. Students elected to membership must attain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics.
Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Sigma Pi Sigma’s mission is not completed in the induction ceremony with the recognition of academic accomplishment. In the four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship, the mission of Sigma Pi Sigma takes a longer view.
Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. The society has over 75 000 historical members. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is a lifetime membership.
Certain high numerical standards for admittance are established by chapter bylaws and the national constitution. Undergraduate candidates must be in the upper one-third of their class in general scholarship to meet the minimum standard that chapters may use. A higher minimum average is often established for physics courses. Undergraduate candidates must have completed at least three semesters of full-time college work and at least three semester courses in physics that can be credited toward a physics major. Graduate students and faculty members may be elected at any time. Students who are not physics majors can be elected, provided that they meet the standards and have demonstrated an interest in physics.
A chapter can elect to active membership qualified students and faculty members in nearby colleges that do not have a Sigma Pi Sigma chapter. Physicists in industry and government laboratories, as well as secondary school physics teachers, can be elected on the basis of their professional record.