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Physics Registration FAQ for Spring 2020

We receive a large volume of emails during the course registration period, and we have created this page to help with frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Please contact the department office at if the answer to your question is not provided on this page.

Special information for students interested in PHY 201/202 – A waitlist is being kept for both PHY 201 and PHY 202.  If you are interested in taking either of these courses, you will need to wait until your registration day (which can be found in PAWS), at which point you may come into the office and fill out a Waitlist Application Form.  Keep in mind that priority will be given to students who are seniors, and students who need either of these classes for their major requirements.  Enrollment in these courses for students on the waitlists will not take place until after the end of registration in late November/early December.

Why can’t I get into PHY 103?

Physical, Earth and Space Science (PHY 103) is reserved for Elementary Education majors.

Why can’t I get into PHY 120?

This introductory Geology course fills quickly and if you are not a senior or a rising Sophomore Civil Engineer you may have to wait to take it.  You can also satisfy your liberal learning Natural Science with Lab requirement with PHY 171 or PHY 162/163.  We do not keep a wait list for PHY 120.