Information for Majors



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Information for Students
-Prospective Students
-OVAL (Orca Vocalization and Localization)
-Physics For Everyone
-What Works?




First year students who think they might major in Physics should plan to take Physics 241 and 242 (Introductory Classical Physics I, II) in blocks six and seven of their first year.

Physics majors must ordinarily also complete:

251 Introductory Modern Physics,
261 Electronics I,
361 Techniques of Experimental Physics,
450 Senior Seminar,
and three units of physics numbered 262 or above with their prerequisites.

One block of Investigations in Physics may be included but Readings in Physics may not. In addition, all majors must participate actively in the departmental colloquium program. Additional advanced courses in physics and mathematics are strongly recommended, especially for those who intend to pursue a career in Physics, Astronomy or Applied Science. An Investigations course is also recommended.

Sample Program for people who start their first year

Sample Program for people who start their second year

See the course catalog for course descriptions

Mailing List: We send all notices by email. Be sure Linda has your name on our list of majors.

Pictures and Mailboxes: Declared physics majors have their pictures on display in the rogue's gallery outside the Department office and are entitled to a mailbox in the seminar room. Declared majors are also entitled to a key to the Physics Seminar Room. Keys are signed out from Facility Services.

Other Chances to Learn Some Physics: We can often pay you for learning some fundamental physics as either a seminar room tutor or a grader for courses like 141, 142, 241, 242. Nathaniel is keeping a list of people who are interested in working as tutors; he would also like to hear from people who would like to grade a few papers each night. We faculty types are interested in learning some new things too. If you would like to work with one of us on our research, come talk to us about it. If you have an idea for a project of your own, try it out on one (or some) of us.

Access to the CC Telescope: Physics majors may use the telescope in conjunction with and under the supervision of a faculty member. Give your name to Nathaniel if you are interested.

Summer Research: Summer research opportunities have expanded greatly in recent years. If you are interested, you should be able to find a program that suits you for the summer after your junior year (or sometimes earlier). Summer research can teach you some new physics and give you valuable experience in how a research group functinos. And it looks very nice on your resume. Talk to faculty and older students about where CC physics majors have had good experiences. Searching the Web is also an excellent way to find summer research opportunities; some good sources are listed here. Also, see the bulletin board outside of the Physics office and the bulletin boards located next to the elevator.

Seminar Requirements

Other Helpful Information: What do you do with an undergraduate degree in Physics? In addition to gathering facutly advice, check out the Carrer Center.



Colorado College Physics Department
14 E. Cache La Poudre
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 389-6577
Fax: (719) 389-6322

If you have any problems with this webpage please email Nathaniel.