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Department of Physics

Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Academic Advising Mission

  • Our mission is to support and inspire the development of Physics undergraduate students.
  • Our vision is that undergraduate academic advising in the Physics department will actively engage students in their educational experience so they can become independent, life-long learners who are innovative and contributing members in their larger community.

The Physics Department considers academic advising a cooperative effort between the advisor and the student. Faculty advisors in the Department provide recommendations to their advisees in terms of academic planning and career goals, and expect their advisees to take a continuous, active role in this process. The student has the ultimate responsibility of his/her schedule and academic plans, including adherence to all deadlines set by the University as indicated on the academic calendar and meeting degree requirements as specified in the VCU Undergraduate Bulletin.

Advising Model

  • First year students are advised by the University College in Hibbs Hall.
  • New transfer students will be assigned to the department’s advisor, Calla Talman, after all Admissions processing is completed. Calla will reach out to incoming transfer students before their first semester at VCU to schedule advising appointments.
  • Students taking PHYS 301 are required to meet with their advisor during the semester they are enrolled in PHYS 301. This meeting will serve as a time to plan and review the remaining degree requirements and other opportunities to ensure students are on track to graduate, and meeting other goals to be the best candidate for jobs and graduate school upon graduation. 
  • Students on Warning or Probation are required to meet with their advisor every semester until they are in good academic standing.  
  • *All required advising students will be contacted by your advisor when it is time to set up an appointment. 

Students must keep the following points in mind during their undergraduate program of study:

  1. Students must pass a minimum of 120 semester hours (total) to receive an undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  2. Students must obtain at least 45 upper level credits in order to graduate.  There are no exceptions to this rule.
  3. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and a GPA of 2.0 in their major/minor in order to graduate.
  4. Pay attention to all departmental emails and Blackboard posts. This is the official line of communication from the Department of Physics to its majors.

Click here for some commonly asked questions about advising.

Physics Advisor Calla Talman [View Image]

Calla Talman, M.S.

Oliver Hall, room 2070

   Schedule an appointment with Calla Talman, the Physics Advisor.


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