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.
|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
|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|
|Engl||20||Intro to Literary Analysis||1||VE|
|Elective||xxx||Historical Perspective (a)||1||HP|
|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|
|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|
- These perspectives can be taken in any order.
- 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.