Students who have taken at least 60 semesters credit hours on a letter-grade basis at Goucher or as a part of a Goucher sponsored study-abroad program may be awarded their degrees.

  • suma cum laude with a GPA of 3.90
  • magna cum laude with a GPA of 3.70 to 3.89
  • cum laude with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.69

Majors in the Physics and Astronomy Department are encouraged to strive for honors in the major. Departmental honors will be awarded on the basis of outstanding course work and additional independent research achievements. Students who wish to be considered for honors in the major should plan their schedule to include independent research with a faculty major.  Honors in the major requires a minimum grade point average of 3.5 computed from all courses taken within the department of physics and astronomy, and a high level of achievement in either two semesters of independent research work or one summer independent research work plus one semester of independent research work under the supervision of a faculty member from the Physics and Astronomy Department. The results of independent work should be presented either at an open seminar attended by students and faculty, or in a senior thesis graded by the physics and astronomy faculty members. Final selection requires the approval of the majority of the faculty members.