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Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah

Academic Advising

Tamara is the undergraduate advisor in the department. You should meet with her to declare your major, plan your courses, discuss research and other involvement opportunities, evaluate transfer credit, and everything else from admissions to graduation. Tamara is also a bridge advisor with the Academic Advising Center, and therefore can help you with Gen Ed and Bachelor's Degree requirements, as well as University and Departmental policies and procedures. Tamara has been working as an academic advisor since 2014. Prior to that, she studied planet formation, and worked as an educator. Tamara loves being able to work with students and talk about physics.
Tamara Young, M.S.
CSC 240D
(801) 587-0650

Professor John Belz is the Director of Undergraduate Studies. In this role, he also has the opportunity to meet with current and prospective students to discuss degree programs and opportunities in the Department.
John Belz, Ph.D.
(801) 585-9620

For information specific to the Honors Program, please use the contact info below.
Professor Anil Seth is the Department of Physics & Astronomy's liaison to the Honors College. He can help you with finding research opportunities and is the person who will approve your Honors Thesis. Please meet with Prof Seth to discuss how Honors works with Physics & Astronomy.
Anil Seth, Ph.D.
(801) 585-7793



What Can Your Advisor Help You With?

Academic advisors are here to help you make the most of your experience at the University of Utah.  Please meet with your advisor once per semester, or at least once per year, to discuss progress toward your degree and any concerns you may have. This will allow you to know more about course availability and pre-requisites (which are strongly enforced). It is crucial that you work closely with your advisor to graduate without delay.  If you are a transfer student, you are encouraged to meet with the department advisor early in your academic career, even prior to admission to the University of Utah.

Academic Advisors are available for:

  • Declaring a physics major or minor, or declaring an astronomy minor.
  • Explaining University graduation requirements, including general education, bachelor’s degree and course requirements for physics.
  • Developing an educational plan that includes scheduling, timing and using the DARS and GPS systems.
  • Connecting with University, College, and departmental opportunities and resources.
  • Evaluating physics transfer credits.
  • Navigating the system from admissions to graduation and everything in between.
  • Discussing anything regarding your education at the U of U.

For general questions please e-mail

Pre-Medical & Pre-Law Advising

Students in physics desiring to enter the fields of medicine (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, osteopathy, optometry, etc.) or law are encouraged to meet with the Pre-professional advisors at the Academic Advising Center.

The Academic Advising Center Pre-professional advisors offer advising and application aids such as mock interviews, editing personal statements, and sending letters of recommendation. On this site you will find answers to a variety of questions you may have about prerequisite courses, extracurricular experiences, and the application process. You can schedule an appointment directly through the Academic Advising Center website.

Students in physics interested in entering the field of medicine are also encouraged to meet with Professor Richard Ingebretsen () to review application materials.

GRE Summer Study Class

When will you study for the GRE?

The GRE summer study program is only meets in the summer.  Check back here next semester for updates.


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