FULL PHYSICS LABORATORY SECTIONS*
PHYS 125, 135, 150, and 160 series
to space and equipment considerations, the USC Department of
and Astronomy cannot overload the laboratory sections.
Students may try to get in to a full laboratory
section in two ways:
1. Check the USC web site for possible openings in
full laboratory sections on a regular basis both before and
section’s first meeting. If a space in a laboratory opens up, no
paperwork is needed—on-line-register for it.
2. Before a section meets for the first time, sign
up for the official waiting list:
Official waiting lists are available in KAP-B16
starting at 8 AM on the day that
the desired laboratory section meets for the first time.
Example: If you are trying to get into a Wednesday 5
PM 135AL laboratory section, you will be able to sign onto the
list for that section starting Wednesday morning at 8 AM on the
first day the section meets.
Official waiting lists apply to the first meeting of
a laboratory section only. Students must sign onto the official
list in KAP-B16 before the laboratory section in question meets
first time. After a laboratory section begins its first session,
waiting lists for that section are no longer valid.
No other waiting list (e.g., talking to a TA, any
other list besides the official waiting list in KAP-B16, etc.)
Signing up for the official waiting list does not
guarantee a space in that section. On average between zero and
students on the waiting list get in.
Students on the official waiting list must attend
the first session of the laboratory section in question. Failure
attend this first meeting results in removal from the list.
If someone who is registered for any full laboratory
section does not arrive within the first 15 minutes or so of the
beginning of the section’s first meeting, then those who are on
official waiting list and are in attendance at that time may be
allowed to take their place (in official-waiting-list sequential
order) at the discretion of the laboratory director according to
equipment availability. It is then the responsibility of the
students who are removed
from the class to drop their laboratory section through the
Note that this is a university policy; see the
current Schedule of Classes under “Guaranteeing a Space in a
*Physics and Astronomy majors only may be exceptions to these
Contact the laboratory director if you are a PHYS or ASTR major.
Undergraduate Program / USC Physics and Astronomy / University of Southern California