The Physics Department offers three introductory course sequences: PHYSICS 135/235, PHYSICS 140/240 and PHYSICS 160/260. While these sequences can be mixed (e.g., 140+235), the Department generally encourages students to pursue both terms of a single sequence.
Students with strong high school physics backgrounds are encouraged to take the Honors physics sequence, PHYSICS 160/260. This sequence takes a thoroughly modern approach to both mechanics and electricity & magnetism. PHYSICS 160/260 is the preferred sequence for students interested in any science concentration, especially physics. Students do not need to be LSA Honors Program members to enroll in PHYSICS 160/260.
Prospective physical science and engineering students should elect PHYSICS 140/240 because the content is aligned with the requirements of concentration programs in these areas. Prospective life science students and those interested in the health professions should elect PHYSICS 135/235. Students who feel their mathematics preparation is weak, especially those who have not taken calculus, should consider enrolling in PHYSICS 120. Any student unsure about these options is encouraged to make an appointment to speak with a physics adviser.
Department of Physics Waitlist Policy
For multi-sectioned Intro-Labs (PHYSICS 136/236, PHYSICS 141/241): overrides will be managed by the Student Services Office. To add yourself to the waitlist, please bring a current copy of your class schedule to 1440 Randall Lab. All efforts will be made to enroll you in a course that fits with your current schedule that day. If the Office is unable to enroll you in a laboratory, all available sections that fit with your schedule will be noted, and you will be contacted by email once a seat opens up.
For all other Physics courses: when the course has filled to capacity, an electronic waitlist will open on Wolverine Access. Overrides will be issued by discretion of the Department. Once classes begin, overrides will be issued through permission of the Instructor by the Student Services Office. Students have 48 hours to register for the course once permission is issued.
Please contact the Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-936-0659, with questions or concerns.