Undergraduate Resources/Four-Year Plans

Four Year Plans

The courses required for the B.S. degree in Physics, as well as the Minor in Physics, are listed in the Physics section of Explore Degrees.  When planning your schedule for the required courses, note that almost all courses required for the Physics major are offered only once a year.  Thus you should plan ahead, especially if you wish to study overseas. 

Overseas study is possible within the Physics major.  Due to the sequencing of Physics courses, the Autumn and Spring quarters are the best times to plan for being away from the Stanford campus.  Physics courses required for the major are not offered at any of Stanford's overseas campuses. 

Sample four-year schedules for completing the Physics major are shown in the links below.   Incoming physics students have a wide range of backgrounds, ranging from no junior/senior-level high school physics to very advanced. These sample schedules are intended to show how the major can be completed, depending on your background.   The schedules also indicate when overseas study might be undertaken.

  • Detailed four-year schedules (Google Doc) showing various ways to complete the physics major depending on your physics and math background.

  • Courses required for each of the pathways in the Physics major (Google Doc).

    Physics Tutoring Center

    The Physics Tutoring Center  offers drop-in tutoring for students in all introductory physics courses and is staffed by TA’s from the 20, 40 and 60 series physics courses. TA's will be most familiar with the material for the course in which they are a TA, but any TA can help with any other introductory courses.  

    The Tutoring Center is located in Building 60, Room 101, in the Main Quad next to Memorial Church.  (map)

    For other tutoring resources, the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) offers tutoring by upperclass undergraduates on appointment basis. VPTL also provides Learning Skills assistance to students.


    Volunteer and Science Outreach

    There are many volunteer and outreach opportunities available for Physics majors, graduate students, postdocs and faculty at Stanford. A good starting point is the Office of Science Outreach.


    • Stanford Splash!

      • The Splash! program is about learning. It’s a program for students between 7th and 12th grade to explore new areas, learn something new, and discover their passions. Hundreds of volunteer Stanford students and community members get together for a single weekend to teach anything they want to students from all over California. Physics graduate students have played key leadership roles in SPLASH! at Stanford.
    • KIPAC Outreach

      • See the Outreach web page for the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology for education and outreach opportunities.

    Graduate School:

    • Resources for students applying to graduate programs in physics-related fields (google doc)

    Summer Research Forms

    • Coming soon ...