Election to the APS honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. The APS is unusual among learned societies because its membership is comprised of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Members are organized into five classes:

    Class 1 Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    Class 2 Biological Sciences
    Class 3 Social Sciences
    Class 4 Humanities
    Class 5 The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs

View detailed listing of classes and subdivisions

As of the April 2014 elections the APS has 1024 members. There are 852 Resident members (citizens or residents of the United States) and 172 International members (formerly called "Foreign" members) representing more than two dozen countries.

Nomination and Election
The APS is an honorary society that elects new members to their ranks each year in April. Nominations for membership can only be made by Resident members of the APS.