Permission numbers ("add codes")

If you have been assigned an add code, do not add a lab that is "closed" (at its maximum enrollment) or you will be dropped without warning. When I issue you an add code, please use it right away, because the labs are filling up. DO NOT WAIT for a spot to open up in the lab you want. We are full and only getting fuller as we get closer to the first day of class.

Please note that you can only use the add code once - make sure that the section you asked for is exactly the one you want, and don't try to change sections later. I can only issue one add code per student.

Do not give your add code to someone else! Doing so is a violation of SJSU's Academic Integrity policies, by both students involved. The Department of Physics will pursue the appropriate actions against any student who violates SJSU's academic integrity policy.

Requesting an add code

Students who meet ALL of these criteria are eligible to receive an add code:

  • You meet all of the pre-requisites (and have emailed Dr. Kress a pdf of unofficial transcripts showing any pre-reqs taken outside SJSU)
  • You are not an Open U student
  • You are not repeating the course (if you are, please read this)
  • You have declared a major that requires the course
  • If you are not currently declared as an engineering or science major, you have filed a “Plan of Study” with the adviser of your intended major. Please email Dr. Kress a copy of your plan of study.
  • You are meeting the criteria set forth in your plan of study (getting the minimum required grades)
  • You are not on university or major probation

If you meet all of these criteria, the ball is now in your court. You can guarantee yourself a spot in the course by finding a lab that is not full and using your add code to get into that. "Not full" means that the lab has an enrollment of 19 or fewer for Physics 50, and 17 or fewer for Physics 51 and 52.

If you meet ALL of the above criteria, send me an email (monika dot kress at sjsu dot edu), with the subject heading "Physics 50 add code". Replace 50 with 49, 51 or 52 as needed. If you do not meet the pre-reqs, you cannot take the course. No exceptions.

In your email, please include your student ID number. If you have taken the pre-requisites at another university, attach a pdf of your unofficial transcript. Specify which sections of lecture work for you. By "sections," I mean sections 1, 2, 3, etc, NOT the 5-digit course ID number. Also, please keep in mind that I am not a travel agent: do not just say "anything that does not meet before noon." Also, I cannot save a seat for you and I cannot let you know when if/when a seat opens up in the section you want. If you don't know how to use the add code or how to find out the enrollment in a lab, I can't help you with that.

SJSU's adding procedure is here, but please be aware that individual instructors do not give out add codes for Physics 50, 51 and 52 under any circumstances. To make the adding process faster and easier, I am handling the add codes for all of these courses.

You can improve your chances of getting in by being flexible about the section of lecture and lab that you can take. When you get your add code, please use it right away, because the sections of both lecture and lab are only going to fill up. Do not add a lab that is currently "closed" (at its maximum enrollment) or you will be dropped without warning.

Because 50, 51 and 52 have labs and are very fast-paced courses with high failure rates, it will not be possible to add after the first week of class. You must use your add code within 24 hours or it may be inactivated. The same goes for switching sections -- don't wait around hoping a spot will open up in the lab you want. Chances are there are 20 other people hoping for that spot, too, and we simply do not have the personnel available to accommodate the demands of everyone's scheduling needs.

Using your add code

Do not add a lab that is "closed" (at its maximum enrollment) or you will be dropped without warning.

If you do not use your add code, please do not give it to someone else! Giving your add code to someone else is a violation of the academic integrity policy by both parties.

Make sure you have no holds on your account that will prevent you from registering. Don't hang onto your add code hoping that a spot opens up in a particular lab. We're full and your options diminish as you delay.

Your add code is unique to one particular section of lecture, and it will let you add any lab, even if that lab has reached its enrollment limit and is "closed" as shown on mysjsu. Please be sure you do not exceed the enrollment limit for the lab, or you will be dropped without warning. It's very easy to see if the lab has spaces available: when you go to add the lab, there will be a little green circle that indicates the section is "open". We can over-enroll the lectures by a little bit, but we cannot exceed enrollment limits for labs, not even by one person.

Here is some useful information on how to use your add code, or you can contact the registrar's office.

Changing sections of lecture or lab

If you are already enrolled and wish to change sections of lecture or lab, you have to drop the course entirely and re-add with an add code. I can't just switch your section or save your seat for you. By changing sections, you run the very real risk of losing your seat entirely. Do not hope for others to drop, because these sections are only going to fill up. If you're switching into a lab that's got a lot of seats available, then you should be OK, but you still have to follow the usual adding procedure.

Priority for add codes in Physics 50, 51, 52

SJSU's policy on distribution of add codes states that those who are repeating the course and/or going through Open University have a lower priority than those who are matriculated and taking it for the first time at SJSU. Because Physics 50, 51 and 52 are in such high demand, Open U and repeaters will not be able to the take these courses during the academic year. To accommodate these students, we usually offer all three of these courses during the summer.

Physics 50 and 51 will fill up with first-time students. Priority for the few seats that may open up will be given to students who have already declared majors that require 50 and 51, and who are making good progress toward their degrees. Next priority will be given to those who have filed plans of study with their intended departments. (And of course all pre-reqs must be met, as always.)

The Physics Department has a policy of not allowing students to enroll in Physics 50, 51 or 52 who are currently disqualified from SJSU, even if there is room to add the course. If you have been DQ'd, you should take these courses at community college.

I totally understand that you need the course for your major, and to have 12 units for financial aid or international student reasons. Many students share these issues, but they don't prioritize you ahead of anyone else. I will make every effort to at least offer a seat to all students who have declared a major that requires the course, and who meet all pre-reqs.