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Guidelines for Independent Study Courses

Guidelines for Physics and Astronomy Independent Study Courses (398/399)

 Independent study provides the opportunity to study a subject under the individual direction of a faculty member. This can be directed learning of a topic not offered as a course and/or participation in a faculty research program. Registering for a 398 or 399 course implies a formal assessment and a for-credit grade for the independent study project.

Students wishing to register for one quarter of 398 or 399 should contact a faculty member directly or speak with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for assistance.

 At least two quarters of Physics 398 or 399 are required to attain the Weinberg College honors distinction upon graduation. Physics 398 is typically used for seniors doing honors thesis research. All other independent study courses use 399.


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