Main Question or Discussion Point
So I am in my first year of my physics degree at a school that isn't really known for its physics program, (I don't believe it is ranked at all, not that that is a huge deal) and at least right now I am very interested in pursuing a ph.d degree. I had originally intended to do an engineering degree but I realized about a month before classes that I would much rather study what I'm passionate about and I did a last-minute switch into physics. I was walking to one of my labs the other day and saw a little bulletin board with all of these alumni from my school and where they ended up going to grad school. Basically, anyone i saw who went on to pursue a ph.d degree after attending my school had also been in the honors program and graduated with an honors degree. I'm curious as to whether or not coming from a physics school that really isn't on the map for the field with a degree that isn't honors will impact my goals towards a ph.d? I suppose I could look into trying to get admitted into the honors program but I have seen the degree requirements for an B.S and a B.S H degree from my school and there aren't many honors physics classes at all. In fact, the only ones I saw were physics 1 and 2, which I am in right now. I probably only have between 3-8 physics majors in my year, so it seems that they don't really bother adding more honors physics courses when some of the higher level courses are pretty short on students as is. So even if I did get into the honors program, I don't think it would make much of a difference in terms of my undergraduate education. I would basically only be signing myself up to perhaps retake university physics 2 in the honors division and have a smaller choice of honors gen ed courses to fill the requirements. So the only way I would justify doing that is if it had an impact on my grad school admissions. So would this really matter? I'd come out of this particular school with the exact same education that I would without the word "honors" next to my degree. My school's honors program (especially physics) is no where near the step up in difficulty that i have read about at other universities.