Mentoring & Advising

The department offers mentoring for freshmen and for undergraduates applying for graduate school. The mentors for these programs are advanced undergraduates, graduate students, or postdocs. The School of Physical Sciences offers an industry mentorship program for junior and senior undergraduates interested in working in industry after graduation. The mentors for this program are professionals working at local companies. The UCI Women in Physics club also offers mentoring for undergraduate physics majors of all levels.


Each first-year physics major (freshmen and transfers) is assigned a faculty advisor for consultation about courses, "area of focus" in the major, career plans, and other topics. Students will receive emails from the Department and from their faculty advisors or the Physics Undergraduate Student Affairs office about setting up advising appointments. Make sure to carefully read all emails sent to you from your advisor and the Physics Undergraduate Student Affairs office. These emails contain important information about the advising process and registering for courses. After selecting an area of focus (end of first year for freshmen or end of first quarter for transfer students), students will meet with their area advisor.

Each spring quarter, all physics and applied physics majors are required to meet with their advisor. Students who do not meet with their advisor will have a hold on their registration and will not be able to register for fall classes. Emails with more specific instructions will be sent at the beginning of spring quarter.