Department of Physics & Astronomy

Physics Readiness


For PHYS 220, students must have earned a grade of C or better in MATH 226 (Calculus I) or an equivalent course at another college or university. For calculus taken in high school to satisfy the prerequisite, students must have taken an A.P. Calculus Exam and earned a score of 4 or 5 on the AB exam or on the AB sub-part of the BC exam.

For PHYS 111, students must demonstrate mastery of pre-calculus. There are 3 pathways to do this:

(i.) C-minus or better in MATH 198 (Prelude to Calculus II), MATH 199 (Pre-Calculus) or MATH 226 (Calculus I) or an equivalent course at another college or university;


(ii.) A score of 3 or better on any A.P. Calculus or A.P. Physics exam;


(iii.) Completion of an online mini-course Math Prep for College Physics. For Summer 2022, use class code PKWKQ-KRQUC.

For PHYS 111 enrollment in Summer 2022, this mini-course must be completed by 11:59 PM, Friday, June 17, 2022.

Students can purchase 6-week, 11-week, or 18-week access to the ALEKS mini-course for $25, $30, or $35, respectively.

The certificate of completion for the online mini-course requires 95% completion of all sections and will qualify a student for enrollment in PHYS 111 for one year. If the certificate of completion will be older than one year on the first day of classes, the student must take the online mini-course again in order to be qualified for PHYS 111.

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