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Undergraduate Physics: Frequently Asked Questions... and Answers!

Q: What paperwork do I need to fill out for graduation and when is it due?
A: Details can be found at the Graduation Information and Materials . A Major Program Form, Graduation Application and Exit Interview need to be completed. Ideally, these forms should be completed no later than the beginning of the term you wish to graduate however the College offices do allow for some leniency.

Q: Where do I get the paperwork?
A: Major Program forams can be found at the bottom of the Graduation Information and Materials Page . Applications to graduate must be obtained from the College office (Arts and Science Physics majors go to Denney Hall. Engineering Physics majors go to 121 Hitchcock).

Q: What is involved in changing from a major to a minor?
A: Obtain a minor form from the Arts and Sciences College offices in Denney Hall. That form needs to be signed by the Vice Chair or his designate. At that time we will remove you from our internal major list however, you will need the department of your new major to change you from a Physics major to whatever your new major is. It is HIGHLY advisable to find out whether you can switch into your desired major before changing your major to a minor.

Q: What is involved in getting a minor?
A: 21 credit hours of physics along with the pre-requisit math. Specifically you will need: Introductory Physics (Physics 131-132-133), Dynamics of Particles and Waves I (Physics 261), Introductory Seminar (Physics 295), Methods of Experimental Physics (Physics 416), and 12 hours of Physics electives. If you are interested in pursuing a minor you should pick up a form in the College offices at Denney Hall and arrange to have the form signed by the Vice Chair (or designate). Details are available in the Physics Minor section of the Handbook for Undergraduate Physics.

Q: What is a technical elective in Engineering Physics?
A: The specific engineering courses necessary to complete the concentration area for an engineering physics major. Every Engineering Physics major must choose one of the following areas in Engineering to focus their studies: Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Systems Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Nuclear Engineering. The chosen area is what is meant by a concentration. A specific list of courses must be completed in order to complete the requirements of the concentration. Details are available in the Required courses for Engineering Physics section of the Handbook for Undergraduate Physics.

Q: What is a technical elective in regular Physics?
A: Math, physics or other science courses that are required in order to complete the requirements for a specific Arts and Science Physics Option. There are 6 different ways in which an Arts and Science student can complete their Physics Bachelors (Options A-F). Each option has different technical electives. Details are available in the Required courses section of the Handbook for Undergraduate Physics.

Q: How do I get involved in undergraduate research?
A: Contact Dr. Richard Hughes (hughes@mps.ohio-state.edu) or Lindsey Perry (perrylin@mps.ohio-state.edu)

General questions:
Q: Where can I find out about OSU housing?
A:Check out the Ohio State University Housing Website

Q:Where can I find out about financial aid?
A:Check out the Ohio State University Student Financial Aid Website

Q:Where can I find out about parking?
A:Check out the Ohio State University Transportation and Parking Website

Q:Where can I find out about health insurance?
A:Check out the Ohio State University Student Health Services Website