If you are interested in majoring in physics or completing the 3+2 Engineering Program, you must enroll in PHYS 151: University Physics (NS-L). This course has a lab component for which you will register separately during orientation. Additionally, PHYS 151 is a calculus-based class, and you need to enroll in calculus—MATH 135: Calculus I or a higher level of calculus (see the Math section of this guide for more information on the math offerings).
If you enjoyed physics and math in high school, and would like to continue physics for fun, we still recommend PHYS 151. However, we do offer an algebra-based course, PHYS 103: College Physics (NS-L). It has a lab component, but there is no calculus required for this class. PHYS 103 is designed primarily for pre-health career students; however, pre-health career students should not take PHYS 103 in their first year because they should complete the introductory biology and chemistry courses during that year.
If you scored a 4 or 5 on the Physics B Advanced Placement exam, you may be qualified to receive credit for PHYS 103 and 104. If you scored a 4 or 5 on the Physics C-Mech Advanced Placement exam, you may be qualified to receive credit for PHYS 151. If this applies to you and you intend to take physics, you should still enroll in PHYS 151 and discuss other options with the physics chair when you arrive on campus (or by e-mail over the summer). The following courses this fall are appropriate for first-year students, subject to the availability of seats:
- PHYS 102: Intro to Astronomy with Lab (NS-L)
- PHYS 103: College Physics with Lab (NS-L)
- PHYS/ENVS 105: Energy (EL)
- PHYS 151: University Physics with Lab (NS-L)