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Advising

Personal attention and mentorship.

As a physics or astronomy major, you benefit from one-on-one advising from Valpo faculty, who help you navigate University requirements and degree options, as well as research opportunities and career decisions. Your advisor will advise you through your entire time at Valpo, providing consistent support. And because the department typically has fewer than 10 students per class, each of the department’s faculty members gets to know each student very well.

Suggested Course Sequence

Unlike at a large public university, the great majority of Valpo students are able to graduate in four years and can move successfully on to employment or continuing education.

In order keep on track, you will┬ácarefully plan you schedule with your advisor. The suggested course sequences outline required courses in physics and astronomy and indicate places where there’s room for general education courses and elective courses.

Personal Inventory

Each year, physics and astronomy students converse with their advisors about goals, academic progress, and experiences at Valpo. It can be very helpful to fill out a Personal Inventory Worksheet (.doc) in preparation for these advising sessions.

Letters of Recommendation

Faculty support students’ aspirations through personalized and thoughtful letters of recommendation. Students applying to graduate school should fill out the Recommendation Request Form (.xls) ┬╗