Are Baccalaureate Honors worth pursuing in my situation?

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Hello everybody.

I'm graduating with my bachelors in physics in a few weeks. My conundrum is that while I meet the GPA requirements for Magna Cum Laude, I am a few credits shy of the 90 matriculated requirement. If I were to extend my graduation date to the summer, I could take one additional class and meet this requirement, graduating with honors. However this would cost over 1700 dollars for just that one course. Since I've already been accepted into a graduate Ph.D. program, is it worth it for me to pursue this? Will employers, either university or industry or government, care five or six years down the road after I've earned my Ph.D. whether this is on my CV, or will what I did during the course of my graduate work far outweigh my bachelor studies to such a degree that it simply isn't worth it? I can make it work financially, but it'll hurt.

I'd appreciate any input into this problem. Thank you.
 

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In the vast majority of cases people (i.e. potential employers) are going to care a lot more about your PhD work than any asterisk on your bachelor's degree. While I wouldn't completely write such a distinction off, I doubt it would be worth the $1700 and the extra time and effort. I would base the decision primarily on whether or not you feel that extra course is going to be of enough value to you to warrant the expense and effort in its own right.
 
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