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MAJOR / MINOR REQUIREMENTS
SUMMER COURSE APPROVAL


The
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
nonscience major premedical students. This course, devoted to
algebrabased 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 13012 is similar but uses calculus.

PHYS BC 20012, 3001, Physics I, II, III,
is Barnards
own threesemester, 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
take
PHYS BC 20012
in their first year, if possible, or in their second at
the latest, to be followed by the thirdsemester course,
Waves and Optics.

Firstyear 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 Columbiataught twosemester 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.
Students
unsure about the most appropriate sequence
should consult
members of the department.
The
following courses may be substituted for each other:
PHYS BC
2001 and C 1601 with W 1691
PHYS BC
2002 and C 1602 with W 1692
PHYS BC
3001 and C 2601
ASTR BC
17534 and C 14034
There is a laboratory fee of $25 for each 1000level physics course
with a laboratory.
