Advising

Current OSU students interested in majoring in Physics or Engineering Physics should email Lindsey Thaler, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at thaler.21@osu.edu or stop by during walk-in hours to discuss enrolling in either program. 

Department of Physics Advising

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Students with questions about Physics 1200-1201 or Physics 1250-1251 should contact Dr. Raju Nandyala (the Physics 1200-1201 course manager) or Dr. Michael Ziegler (Physics 1250-1251 course manager).  The physics advisors only work with 2000 level+ physics courses so they are unable to answer questions about the introductory courses.  
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The following are responsible for advising Arts & Sciences Physics and Engineering Physics majors and Physics minors. They can also answer questions about physics classes numbered 2095 through 5801.

Physics Academic Advisor
 

Lindsey N. Thaler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: thaler.21@osu.edu (Emails will be answered during university business hours M-F 8am-5pm.  Appointments cannot be scheduled via email.  See below for appointment information)
Office: 1142 Physics Research Building

Spring 2018 Walk-in hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm and Thursdays 10am-noon beginning on January 9 and ending on May 1. There are no walk-in hours during spring break or on April 12.

Appointments
Physics and Engineering Physics majors can schedule an appointment with Ms. Thaler through advisingconnect.osu.edu. Non-majors who want to meet with Ms. Thaler are encouraged to stop by during her walk-in hours listed above or send her an email. 

Ms. Thaler can help students with questions about the following:

  • Undergraduate physics courses at the 2,000 level and above
  • Physics and Engineering Physics major requirements
  • Physics minor requirements
  • General Education requirements (for both Engineering and Arts and Sciences)
  • Petitions (late-add, over 18 hours, reinstatement, etc.)
  • Degree Audit Reports
  • Grade forgiveness policy
  • Scheduling difficulties
  • Getting involved in research and internships
  • General information about graduate school
  • Information about full-time employment
  • Physics and General GRE
  • And more

Students with questions about physics transfer credit should contact Dr. Mike Ziegler.

Physics Faculty Advisor
 

Dr. Robert J. Perry
Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Phone: (614) 292-3885
Email: perry.6@osu.edu
Office: 1040L Physics Research Building

Dr. Perry can help students with the following:

  • Question about undergraduate physics courses at the 2,000 level and above
  • In depth questions about research
  • In depth questions about graduate school
  • Problems or concerns with physics classes.
  • Physics GRE questions
  • And more

To meet with Dr. Perry, please email him at perry.6@osu.edu to schedule an appointment.  Dr. Perry does not offer walk-in hours, but you're welcome to stop by his office anytime to see if he's available.

Honors Advising
 

Engineering Physics majors with questions about the engineering honors program can contact Mr. Michael Knisely at knisely.33@osu.edu. Additional information about the College of Engineering honors program can be found at advising.engineering.osu.edu/current-students/honors-engineering

Arts and Sciences Physics majors with questions about the Arts and Sciences honors program can schedule an appointment with Dr. Joanna Spanos by calling (614) 292-5104 or by going to the Arts and Sciences honors counseling office in room 3180 Smith Lab. 

Research Distinction


If you're interested in graduating with research distinction, or if you're interested in getting more information about the process, please contact the following person based on your program:

Honors Physics Majors: Please schedule an appointment with Ms. Rachel Steele by calling (614) 292-5104 or by going to the Arts and Sciences honors counseling office in room 3180 Smith Lab.

Non-Honors Physics Majors: Please schedule an appointment with Mr. Ed Quinn by calling the Arts and Sciences Advising Office at (614) 292-6961

Honors AND Non-honors Engineering Physics Majors: Please contact Mr. Mike Knisley at knisley.33@osu.edu.

Please note that the rules and processes for research distinction are handled at the college level (not the department level), so Dr. Perry and Ms. Thaler are unable to answer questions about research distinction.
 

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