Granular Sand by Julien Chopin, PhD Candidate in Physics

Sample Physics Major Program

Core First-Year Courses: 3/2 Engineering Program

To pick your courses you must first know your desired engineering major at Columbia, such as mechanical, electrical, computer, etc. and the major you intend to follow at Clark. The first year of courses is important to get you through the program efficiently. Your particular selections will vary depending on your Clark/Columbia major selections and AP credits. Below is a list of common first year courses.

Course Name

1, 2 Calculus, Mathematics 124 and 125 (satisfies FA)
3, 4 Physics, Physics 120 and 121(satisfies SP)
(Phys 110 is not acceptable)
5, 6 Chemistry, Chemistry 101
7 Intro to Literary Analysis/English 20 or any other VE courses are acceptable.
8 One more perspective course is normally taken in the first year, but you may choose a course from your major area instead.

Note: The credit for the above courses equals the allowed 8 course units per academic year. Students must fulfill the major requirements for Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, ES, Mathematics, or Physics, or choose a self-designed liberal arts/engineering major. See the 3/2 Engineering Committee to discuss the latter. Some majors, (Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics) require you to take summer courses or to take five courses during the academic year to complete the requirements on time.

Sample Physics Track

1st year
  Course Name Units Perspective
Math 124/125 Honors Calculus I and II 2 FA
Phys 120 Intro Physics (with calculus) 1  
Phys 121 Intro Physics II (with calculus) 1  
Chem 101 Intro Chemistry 1 SP
Engl 20 Intro to Literary Analysis 1 VE
Elective xxx Historical Perspective (a) 1 HP

2nd year
Math 130 Linear Algebra 1  
Math 131 Multivariate Calculus 1  
Phys 130/131 Oscilliations, Waves and Optics / Quantum Physics and Relativity 2  
Phys 127 or 219 Computer Simulation Lab or Electronics Lab 1  
Phys 123 Methods of Physics 1
Art/Music xxx Art or Music History perspective 1 AP
Elective xxx Values perspective (a) 1 VP

3rd year
Math 244 Differential Equations 1  
Phys 150 Statistical and Thermal Physics 1  
Phys 160/161 Classical Mechanics / Electricity and Magnetism 2  
Phys 171 Intro to Quantum Mechanics 1  
Econ 10 Issues & Perspectives (a) 1 CP
Elective xxx Language Perspective (a) 1 LP
Phys 299 Special Projects in Physics (b) 1  
    Total Clark Credits 24 8
  1. These perspectives can be taken in any order.
  2. The special project course is normally continued throughout the following summer under the direct supervision of the faculty. Students can anticipate financial support during the summer for well developed projects.