Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: all information here is meant only as a guide. Please check the UA catalog and visit with an advisor for all official policies.

Who is my advisor?
The Academic Advisor for Physics and Astronomy is Holly Brown. Please contact her first with any questions you have. You can reach Holly by email or (520) 626-1231, or make an appointment online/view walk-in hours. Her office is located at PAS 356.

All Physics majors are also assigned a faculty advisor. You can talk to your faculty advisor about graduate school and career opportunities, technical course questions, selecting your Physics electives, and getting involved in research. Contact your faculty advisor directly for a meeting. Don't know who your faculty advisor is? Contact Alexis Cibrian in the Academic Support Office, PAS 260, by email or (520) 626-0259.

How do I declare a major or minor?
To declare a Physics major in the B.A. or B.S. program, or to declare a Physics minor, please meet with Academic Advisor Holly Brown. You can make an appointment online or contact her by email or (520) 626-1231. Holly is also able to help you declare the Astronomy B.S. major.

To declare a major or minor in another department or college, please visit the advisor for that area. You can search for advisors online.

I have Physics transfer credit or I am looking to get pre-approval for a class I want to take in Physics. How do I get my Physics transfer credit reviewed?
If you are taking a Physics course through an Arizona university or community college, start first with the AZ Transfer Guide and Course Equivalency search. Here you can find course equivalencies in Physics and other areas that have been approved. Students can also visit the transfer guide offered by the Office of the Registrar to see courses that have also already been evaluated.

For students who have taken or are looking to take a course in the United States, please submit course information online through our Physics Transfer Evaluation form. Please note: it is extremely important that you provide as much information as possible, including a detailed syllabus, weekly assignments and curriculum, and clear information about labs and the amount of time spent in labs and lecture.

For students who have taken or are looking to take a course outside of the United States, please send a detailed syllabus, weekly assignments, and any further course information to ugrad advising for review.

Information is reviewed by faculty and decisions are final. Forms will not be reviewed without full and adequate information about each course. Review of syllabi can take up to several weeks, so please submit forms well in advance of any deadlines.

How do I send an announcement to undergraduate students or to the department?
You can forward all messages to be distributed to the undergraduate (majors and minors) listserv to Holly either as an attached pdf or in a format that can be copied and pasted. Weekly e-mails go out to students on Wednesday mornings. Messages requiring a quicker turn around will be sent on a case-by-case basis.

If you are currently on the phys ugrad listserv, you can send an e-mail to that address. It will first be approved by moderators and then distributed to the listserv. Please note that messages sent out over evenings or weekends may not be approved until the next business day.

I have a hold on my account. How do I remove it?
Holds are placed on student accounts for many reasons. An account hold can be seen on UAccess Student at the top right of the page. It appears as a red circle with a diagonal line crossed through it. Click on that circle icon and you can click through to see the details of any negative holds on your account. Holds may prevent you from registering for classes or from receiving financial aid.

Click on the link for each hold and review the details of the hold to see how to remove it. If you have a Science Mandatory Advising hold for Physics or Astronomy, you will need to make an appointment to meet with your Academic Advisor or Faculty Advisor before the hold can be lifted. If you are a transfer student or out of town, you can schedule a phone appointment.

If your hold is not for advising and placed by another office, read the directions carefully to learn how to remove it. If you have any questions you can contact your advisor for assistance.