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Physics Registration FAQ for Fall 2022


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 can fill out the corresponding waitlist form linked below.  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 Incoming First-Year Orientation in July 2022.

Waitlist Form for PHY 201

Waitlist Form for PHY 202

Why can’t I get into PHY 202?

One reason you may be denied admission to PHY 202 is because MAT 128 is a pre- or co-requisite. If this applies to you, please contact the Physics department directly at

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 162 or PHY 163.  We do not keep a wait list for PHY 120.

Information for students seeking transfer credit for Physics courses not taken at TCNJ:

If the course is listed on NJ Transfer, there is nothing else you need to do.

If the course is not listed on NJ Transfer, fill out a Course Authorization Form.  Forward the form and a copy of the course syllabus to the physics program assistant at

Note: Eligible equivalent courses for TCNJ’s PHY 201/202 must be calculus-based, and must include a laboratory experience.

Special information for courses taken at Rutgers:  Rutgers physics courses 201/203 (lecture/lab) and 202/204 (lecture/lab) are equivalent to TCNJ’s PHY 201 and PHY 202.