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Undergraduate Students

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ANNOUNCEMENT: New Electronic Waitlist for Introductory PHYSICS labs!

Waitlists for the introductory laboratory courses--PHYSICS 136,141, 236, and 241--are managed by the Physics student services office. Circumventing the Wolverine Access waitlists allows students to waitlist for as many sections as may work with their schedules. If you wish to be added to waitlists for PHYSICS 136, 141, 236, or 241, please click the link below.

When a seat becomes available in a lab that was previously full, overrides will be issued at the discretion of the department or instructor, typically in the order that students joined the waitlist, although in some cases class standing will also be taken into account. Students will have at least 48 hours to register for a course once an electronic permission is issued to them.

If your schedule changes and you need to update the sections you are on the waitlist for, please email physics.sso@umich.edu and we will modify your submission. If you do not alert us of a schedule change and you receive an override for a section that no longer works for you, you will need to resubmit a request and move to the bottom of the list. 

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The University of Michigan has one of the country's premier programs for the training of undergraduate students in physics. The Physics Department has abundant facilities for instruction in physics and offers a wide variety of experimental and theoretical research programs.

Undergraduates interested in physics have several degree choices:

  • Physics (B.S.)
  • Interdisciplinary Physics (A.B. or B.S.)
  • Honors Physics Program
  • Teacher Certification in Physics
  • Physics Minor

Undergraduate students participate in cutting-edge research at the University. UM has a very broad base of research including the natural sciences, social sciences, medicine, and engineering. These resources afford undergraduates a wide opportunity to do research in many physics-related areas, take cognate courses in a variety of departments, and interact with a diverse student population.

The analytical and quantitative thinking skills you will develop as you work toward your degree will be of great value in many different careers. Physics majors go on to:

  • graduate work in physics or another field
  • employment in industry, software development, or associated field
  • professional school in medicine, business, law, or associated area.

Completing an undergraduate degree in physics will give you a rich understanding of how the world works. It will also prepare you either for continued study in graduate or professional school, or for careers in industry, education, medicine, and finance.