20202021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Physics Major


Students interested in pursuing the Physics major, Physics with the Computer Science or Engineering Specialization, or the 42 Engineering Program have two options open to them for their first year. Students interested in 32 or 33 Engineering programs must pursue Option 1 to complete either dualdegree program on time.
Option 1: For students who place into or above MAT1117 (Calculus 1):
 In the Fall: Students should enroll in PHY1114 (General Physics 1) and the associated laboratory course (PHY1014), as well as MAT1117 (Calculus 1) or higher, based on placement.
 In the Spring: Students should take PHY1115 (General Physics 2) and the associated laboratory course (PHY1015) and the next applicable Mathematics course.
Option 2: For students who place below MAT1117 (Calculus 1):
 In the Fall: Students should enroll in PHY1104 (Introductory Physics 1) and the associated laboratory course (PHY1004), as well as MAT1107 (College Algebra and Trigonometry)
 In the Spring: Students should enroll in PHY1105 (Introductory Physics 2) and the associated laboratory course (PHY1005), as well as MAT1117 (Calculus 1)
Notes for Option 2:
(A) If a student places into MAT 1001 or 1002, that student needs to be on path to enroll in MAT1117 (Calculus 1) by the Fall of the Sophomore year. Students in this circumstance are going to need special mentoring and should be directed to the Chair of the Physics Department for further planning as soon as possible.
(B) Both PHY1104 and PHY1105 (Introductory Physics 1 and 2) count as electives in the Physics Major, so students in those classes and who considering majoring in Physics, will be on a reasonable path to complete the Physics degree by their Senior year.
AP Exams: AP Physics 1 score of 4 or 5 is equivalent to a 4credit GSCSIE course
AP Physics 2 score of 4 or 5 is equivalent to a 4credit GSCSIE course
AP Physics C: Mechanics score of 4 or 5 is equivalent to PHY 1114 (General Physics I)
AP Physics C: E&M score of 4 or 5 is equivalent to PHY 1115 (General Physics II)
