Frequently Asked Questions

How do you sign up for the Society of Physics Students mailing list?
How does the AB-AM program work?
How do you bracket a course?
How do you get your Core requirement changed to 7 courses?



If you have a question that should be answered here or if you find that any of this information is inaccurate, please contact Howard Georgi or David Morin



How do you sign up for the Society of Physics Students mailing list?
The SPS list provides a forum for announcements of interest to the Harvard undergraduate physics community. The list is moderated, but anyone may subscribe or unsubscribe freely: just send a message to majordomo@hcs.harvard.edu with subscribe sps (or unsubscribe, depending) in the body of the message. For more information on the Society of Physics Students, see the SPS webpage at http://hcs.harvard.edu/~physics/



How does the AB-AM program work?
Candidates for the AB-AM degree in physics must meet both the academic and course requirements for the honors AB degree in physics and the AM degree. A given course can be counted for only one of the two degrees, i.e., one course cannot meet the requirement for the AB degree and then be counted again for the AM degree. Any undergraduate who wishes to apply for this degree must file an application for the graduate program in physics just as any other student files for graduate work at Harvard. This application should include two letters of recommendation. The GRE is not required. Only students with advanced standing are eligible to apply for this four-year program. Undergraduates taking graduate courses in their third year may bracket those which they wish to apply on their graduate degree.



How do you bracket a course?
Any courses which Advanced Standing students take for graduate credit must be "bracketed," which means they will not count toward the bachelor's degree. Most students earn all their A.M. credits in their fourth year at the College, but third-year students are also permitted to bracket courses in anticipation of the A.M. degree. Students who bracket courses before they are admitted to a graduate program should understand that they cannot "unbracket" if they do not enter an A.M. program. In exceptional cases, students may begin bracketing courses for the A.M. even earlier in their academic programs; this requires the approval of the department chairman or other person overseeing graduate study in the department.

Students must submit bracketing petitions in each term in which they are taking a bracketed course. Petitions are available in the Office for Undergraduate Education, University Hall 1st Floor North, and must be returned to this office by the fifth Monday of the term.

There are three important aspects of bracketing to keep in mind:

Bracketing is irreversible after the fifth Monday of the term.

Under no circumstances may any bracketed course be considered both for undergraduate and graduate credit.

Bracketed courses in no way affect your undergraduate record. They will not be included in your A.B. degree credit, grade point average or departmental honors.

For more info, see http://www.fas.harvard.edu/undergraduate_education/ab_am_as.html



How do you get your Core requirement changed to 7 courses?
See the announcement on the Core Program Homepage - http://icg.harvard.edu/~core/announce.html