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:
PHYS CC1401: Introduction to mechanics and thermodynamics
PHYS CC1402: Introduction to electricity, magnetism, and optics
PHYS CC1601: Mechanics and relativity
PHYS CC1602: Thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism
PHYS CC2801: Accelerated physics I
PHYS CC2802: Accelerated physics II
All CE students are required to take physics in their first year. Most students take PHYS CC1401-CC1402, 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.
First year, fall and spring.
Can I test out?
No. However, previous background in physics will help to determine placement level.