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Technical Requirements: Physics

What is required?

At least a one-year sequence of introductory physics. Some majors may require one or more additional courses.

First-year Columbia Engineering students may choose from three physics sequences:

  1. PHYS C1401: Introduction to mechanics and thermodynamics
    PHYS C1402: Introduction to electricity, magnetism, and optics

  2. PHYS C1601: Mechanics and relativity
    PHYS C1602: Thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism

  3. PHYS C2801: Accelerated physics I
    PHYS C2802: Accelerated physics II

All CE students are required to take physics in their first year. Most students take PHYS C1401-C1402, regardless of past preparation. It is possible to place into the Accelerated physics course in one of two ways: (1) by taking a placement test during Orientation; or (2) by having scored a 4 or 5 on both the AP Physics Exam and AP Calculus Exam. All students interested in taking Accelerated physics should attend the information session offered during Orientation.

When?

First year, fall and spring.

Can I test out?

No. However, previous background in physics will help to determine placement level.

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