PF Family, I love my undergraduate institution. However, our physics department is very small and has a very small faculty. Also, although many are listed on the webpage, we only have one physics elective, "Intro to Astronomy", which I am not very interested in. I've been thinking about enlisting in an independent studies course. I could talk to a teacher in the fall about mentoring me in the spring. Maybe, I could use independent studies to academically introduce myself to condensed matter physics. I'll also ask about research opportunities in the department, which I doubt will happen. What do you guys think?