Being a physics major isn't easy. There's a lot of really big questions out there. Like will I ever really understand the 3rd law of Thermodynamics?  Or will I ever finish my research? Or have you seen Bro. Oliphant? But whatever the question, hopefully these pages will help you out, or at least give you a start.

Emphasis Areas

All incoming majors are required to choose a specialized emphasis area to help tailor to their interests and educational goals. There are currently 9 emphasis areas offered. They are: Astronomy, Biophysics, Chemistry,  Computational, Engineering, Geophysics, Mathematical, Medical, and Pre-Med. Ask your faculty mentor what's available and how this could help you get to your desired career.

Grad Plans for BS in Physics (770)

Grad Plan for BS in Physics Education (870)

Registration Holds

Before you can register for each semester you will be required to meet with your faculty mentor to ensure you're on track with your grad plan and educational goals. If you don't know who your faculty mentor is, go see Sis Nelson in ROM 118 and she can show you. This hold will be put on every semester before you can register, so get in early to ensure you can register when your day opens. You will also need to complete the Student Semester Checklist and return it to your faculty mentor to be granted clearance.

Helpful Links:

Physics Student Handbook

Physics Learning Libraries

What every freshman physics major should know

Careers Toolbox

Grad Planner (Advising Grad Planner tool to make your Grad Plan)

Senior Thesis Center

Student Research


GRE/GMAT Test Prep Course

Tips and tricks to maximize your GRE and Physics GRE scores

Job Opportunities

Track Adjustments

Graduate Schools

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