Enrollment FAQs 

If a physics lecture course has a laboratory associated with it, am I required to enroll in the laboratory during the same semester that I enroll in the lecture?

It depends on the course.

For University Physics, PHYS 207-208, the laboratory is part of the course and you are required to enroll in a laboratory section during the same semester as the lecture section. Failure to enroll in a laboratory section will result in a grade of F for the course.

For other courses, (PHYS101, PHYS103, PHYS320) the lecture and laboratory are separate courses and you may take the laboratory course (PHYZ101, PHYZ103, PHYZ320) either at the same time as the lecture course or during a later semester.

If I enroll in a lecture course, am I automatically enrolled in a lab?

It depends on the course.

For General Physics PHYS201-202, each section of the course corresponds to a lab section and you do not need to sign up for anything else.

For University Physics PHYS207-208, each section of the course corresponds to a recitation section and you need to sign up for a lab section separately.

There are different times posted on the schedule for each section of some physics courses. What do these times mean?

It depends on the course.

For General Physics PHYS201-202 the schedule for each section lists the lecture meeting times and a laboratory meeting time.  The lecture meets several times during the week.  The lab meets once for two hours.

For University Physics PHYS207-208 the schedule for each section lists the lecture meeting times and a one-hour recitation time.  Be sure to look farther down the schedule for the separately listed laboratory sections.

The lecture is when the instructor covers new course material.  You are strongly urged to attend every lecture period of every course in which you enroll.  The recitation sections in PHYS207-208 and a portion of the lab periods in PHYS201-202 provide group-based problem-solving practice.  You are strongly encouraged to participate in recitation sections as this will help you to perform well in the course.

Can I attend a recitation session for a course section other than the one in which I am enrolled?

No.  Due to the large enrollment, you must attend the recitation section in which you are enrolled.