Undergraduate Students

The Department of Physics offers both an undergraduate major and minor in physics. The major in physics includes a strong emphasis on experiment and covers the broad fundamentals necessary for graduate study in physics and related fields. The minor in physics offers a slate of courses that provides a firm grounding in the basics with sufficient flexibility to accommodate the needs and interests of those likely to pursue this line of study. For more details concerning our undergraduate major, including sample programs, please consult the College Catalog or contact either Stuart Gazes, the Undergraduate Program Chair, Zosia Krusberg, Director of Graduate Studies, or Peter Littlewood, the Department Chair.

Links to detailed information and resources for undergraduate students are found under the tabs below.

  • 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 go to graduate school?
    • How to choose the right graduate school.
    • How to prepare your application for graduate school.
    • How to prepare for the GRE.
  • GRE Preparation: PHYS 990
    • Every autumn quarter, the department offers an unofficial GRE preparation seminar called PHYS 990. This "mini-course" is designed to be the final stage of preparation for the mid-October 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. Also, one or two practice exams are taken under test conditions. Details for the next offering of PHYS 990 is sent out to all rising senior physics majors before the start of the autumn quarter.