PH 198:  First-Year Orientation

Course Credits

PH 198: First Year Orientation meets 1 hour (Mondays for 1 hour) for ten weeks for a total of 1 credit. No class on MLK day (week 3).

Prerequisites, Co-requisites and Enforced Prerequisites

Prereq: None

Office Hours (via zoom)

Guenter Schneider M 12-1pm, R 10-11am

Learning Resources

None required.

Course Content

This course is an introduction and welcome to the physics department for freshman and transfer students.  The course will include information about the department and the undergraduate curriculum--Paradigms in Physics, presentations and lab tours from faculty highlighting opportunities for undergraduate research in their labs, sessions on scholarship/internship/job applications, career opportunities, professional communications, and an alumni visitor from industry.

Course Schedule

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • feel welcome in a diverse, collegial, professional environment
  • meet and recognize the Department Head, Head Undergraduate Advisor, SPS Advisor and Officers, PhIS Advisor and Officers, Course Teaching Team
  • have a general sense of the overall requirements for the physics major and be able to find more detailed information online
  • know how to access Career Development services in the College of Science
  • have an opportunity to interact with a recent alum working in industry or another field outside academia
  • meet several research faculty members and be able to state briefly what they study, how they study it, and what preparation is required to work in that field


Evaluation of Student Performance

100% attendance and participation.  Attendance will be taken.  You may miss any one class without penalty.  For extenuating circumstances that require you to miss more than one class, you must contact the course instructor.  For a third missed class you will need to write a short paragraph about three of the university resources that can be found at:

Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations. While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations.

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