MAJOR / MINOR REQUIREMENTS
SUMMER COURSE APPROVAL
department offers several quite distinct introductory sequences in
physics, only one of which may be taken for credit:
PHYS V 12012, General Physics, is satisfactory
preparation for medical school and is appropriate for most
non-science major premedical students. This course, devoted to
algebra-based physics, is taught at Columbia in a large lecture
hall setting. It is not recommended as a foundation for more
advanced work in the field.
PHYS V 1301-2 is similar but uses calculus.
PHYS BC 2001-2, 3001, Physics I, II, III,
own three-semester, calculus based introductory sequence in physics.
Characterized by modest class sizes, it is designed specifically for
Barnard women with a serious interest in any of the natural sciences
or mathematics. Moreover, it is especially appropriate for majors in
physics, chemistry, or biochemistry, whether premedical or not.
Biology majors with some calculus background are also
encouraged to take this sequence. Finally, Barnard women
contemplating a major in physics or astronomy should
PHYS BC 20012
in their first year, if possible, or in their second at
the latest, to be followed by the third-semester course,
Waves and Optics.
First-year students with exceptional
aptitude for physics (as evidenced, for example, by scores of 4 or 5
on the advanced placement C exam) and a good mathematical background
may be admitted into the Columbia-taught two-semester sequence
PHY C 280102 General Physics,
which replaces all three terms of the
sequence for majors. Students inclined toward this sequence are
strongly encouraged to consult
a Barnard faculty member at the start
of the term.
unsure about the most appropriate sequence
members of the department.
following courses may be substituted for each other:
2001 and C 1601 with W 1691
2002 and C 1602 with W 1692
3001 and C 2601
17534 and C 14034
There is a laboratory fee of $25 for each 1000-level physics course
with a laboratory.