Tips for improving your chances of getting into Physics 50, 51 or 52

Physics 50, 51 and 52 are in extremely high demand, but our enrollment is limited by various factors that the physics department has little control over. Here is some information to help you get into the course you need.

You must be declared in a major that requires the course, or at the very least, you must have obtained advising from the Engineering Student Success Center or the College of Science Advising Center to learn how to apply to the major.

The usual SJSU adding procedure of going to class and waiting for a spot to open up, patiently waiting, is not how we do things here in physics. These courses are tough, they go fast, they are in high demand, we start on day 1. Day 2 is too late to try to add. We have enough room for all students who are not repeating, who are in good standing in a science or engineering major, and who are making progress to their degree.

  1. Make sure you meet all the pre-requisites for the course you're trying to take. Your request to add will be denied if you do not meet all of the pre-reqs.
  2. If you are lucky enough to be in the course, don't just assume you can repeat if things don't go well. Repeaters have last priority to add. Do not put yourself in the position of needing to repeat the course.
  3. Waitlisting is hopeless. When your registration period opens up, find a lecture and lab that both have free seats, and get yourself in them. Re-organize the rest of your schedule around them. DO NOT waitlist with the hopes of a miracle happening. Even if you are #1 or 2 on the waitlist, chances are slim that you will get in. Waitlists are erased on day 1 of class.
  4. If everything is full by the time your registration period opens, follow these instructions BEFORE the first day of class.