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Physics Registration FAQ for Fall 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 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 the end of registration in late April/early May.

Waitlist Form for PHY 201

Waitlist Form for PHY 202

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.



1. Maymester, Summer I and Summer II sessions may be online only.
2. If you are a TCNJ student and would like to take a physics course at another institution, please fill out and submit a Course Authorization Form  ( ) to the physics program assistant Erin Chamberlin at
PLEASE NOTE: you must SAVE the form to your computer FIRST before filling it out, then save again after completing before attaching to your e-mail.
3. You do not need this form if the course is listed on NJ Transfer.
4. Note that we will authorize online labs taken at another institution.  This is a temporary waiver.
5.  If you are taking physics at Rutgers, the equivalent courses are 203+205 (for TCNJ Phy 201) and 204+206 (for TCNJ Phy 202).