for undergraduate students

Resources for Undergraduate Physics Students

Physics Department Counselors: If you wish to speak to someone about any of the physics programs, or other issues pertaining to your experience as a physics student, please contact either Stuart Gazes, the Undergraduate Program Chair, David Reid, the Executive Officer, or Young-Kee Kim, the Department Chair.

Climate Committee

In addition to the above individuals, the department has also established a Climate Committee. Part of this committee's role is to help students resolve issues that may arise during their time in our program. You should feel free to contact the members of this committee as needed.  The current members are: Paolo Privitera (Chair), Daniel Holz, Abigail Vieregg, and Stephanie Palmer.

Academic Resources

Current Course Offerings
► Physics Instructional Services: lab sections, office hrs., etc.
Textbook lists
Physics Undergraduate Programs
Physics Course Descriptions
College Course Evaluations: undergraduate courses
College Turoring Program
University Libraries
College Catalog: course listings and programs
The Undergraduate College: general information
Graduate Course Outlines

Research Resources

Getting Involved
Research Areas: physics dept.
Undergraduate Research Profiles
NSF Physics REU sites
Chicago Physics REU
Graduate Research Profiles

Life at UChicago

Safety and Security: for getting around uchicago 
► Transportation: shuttles, buses, parking
► Food: on campus dining, in Hyde Park
Undergraduate Housing

Other Resources

Future Planning

Grad School Forum

Every spring the department hosts a "Grad School Forum." This event, lead by a member of the department's academic staff, offers advice on things such as the following:

  • Should you pursue a master's degree or a Ph.D.?
  • How to choose the right graduate school.
  • How to prepare your application for graduate school.
  • How to prepare for the GRE.

Although the target audience is physics majors in the spring of their third year (or equivalent), all physics majors are welcome to attend. An announcement of the day and time of the grad school forum will be made in early-to-mid spring quarter and sent to the SPS listhost.

PHYS 990: GRE Preparation

Every autumn quarter, the department offers an unofficial GRE preparation seminar called PHYS 990. This "course" is designed to be the final stage in a student's preparation for the annual November offering of the GRE subject test in physics. Typically, PHYS 990 consists of a partial review of some of the basic areas of physics usually covered on the exam, especially those subjects in which students tend to be weak or rusty. In addition to this review, students are also advised of certain tips and tricks that will help improve performance as well as 2 or 3 simulated practice exams. Details for the next offering of PHYS 990 is usually given at the Grad School Forum.