Independent in-depth research and preparation of a thesis on a significant topic in physics, directed by a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty. A thesis is presented orally and in writing to the department. The course grade is determined by the thesis advisor and the departmental honors committee. Required for graduation with honors in physics. Prerequisites: PHY 3560 and PHY 4002 or equivalent, GPA of at least 3.45 overall and in physics and astronomy courses, approval of proposed research topic and methods by the departmental honors committee, and assignment of research thesis advisor during the semester prior to enrollment in this course.