Placement in the appropriate section and the correct sequencing of math and science courses is critical for first-year students.
Below is information on the sequence of the introductory curriculum in math, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, biological sciences and pre-health.
If questions arise it is appropriate to contact or to have the student make an appointment with the appropriate departmental advisor or contact.
Prerequisites for the Biological Sciences Majors include: Chemistry 5 (or 8-9) and 6, plus a quantitative course (e.g. Math 4 or 8 [or higher], Computer Science 1, Biology 29) and so a potential major should begin these in the first year.
Chemistry 2, an invitation-only course, is supported by the IAS Program. A student invited to take Chemistry 2 must successfully complete the course in order to take Chemistry 5.
Chemistry 8-9 (equal to Biology 8-9) is a new joint-taught, two-course sequence that is equivalent to Chemistry 5 (and Biology 11). Completion of BOTH Chemistry 8 and 9 will fulfill the prerequisites for Chemistry 6 (as well as for any of the biology "foundation" courses, Biology 12-16).
Chemistry 10 is the honors section of Chemistry 5 for first-year students with a strong background in chemistry and mathematics. In one term, the course covers selected general chemistry topics important for higher level chemistry courses. Mathematics preparation equivalent to Math 3 is required.
Successful completion of Chemistry 10 results in credit for both Chemistry 5 and Chemistry 10.
Prerequisites for the Chemistry Major vary depending on the track, but at a minimum include: Chemistry 5 (or 8-9)-6 (or 2-5 [or 8-9]-6, or 10), Math 3 and 8 (or equivalent), and Physics 13-14 (or 3-4, or 15-16).
For those students who want to fulfill pre-health requirements, it is often useful to work backwards from when they want to take the organic chemistry sequence (Chemistry 51-52 or 57-58).
Students may receive credit for Computer Science 1 through the Computer Science AP exam or the local placement exam.
First year should include at least Math 3-8 and Physics 13-14. (In which case, Math 13, Engineering 20 and 21 can be taken in the second year.)
A student who has credit for Math 3 will help him/herself out by also doing Math 13 and/or either Engineering 20 or 21 in the first year.
Students interested in computer science as well as engineering should take Computer Science 5 instead of Engineering 20.
Students interested in pre-health or chemical/biochemical engineering may be advised to take Chemistry 5-6 in the first year instead of physics, or take Physics 13-14 in the second year.
Math 3 (or 1 if a student is doing the 1-2 IAS sequence) is the prerequisite for all chemistry and physics courses that are part of the pre-health requirements.
Math 11 (or 12, honors section) is designed specifically for first-year students who placed out of 3 and 8 (and covers the same materials as would be covered through Math 13).
See Math Placement and Sequencing for more information on Math classes
Prerequisites for the Physics Major include Math 3, 8, 13, and 23, and Physics 13 and 14 (or 15 and 16).
Physics 13-14 is available fall-winter or winter-spring. The fall-winter offering minimally requires placement into Math 3. Math 8 is a co-req for Physics 13.
Physics 15-16 is available fall-winter only. The entrance exam offered during orientation must be taken for admission to Physics 15, or permission granted by the instructor. A student who missed the placement exam during orientation should contact the department early in the first week of classes.
Physics 3 is available summer or fall and Physics 4 winter or spring. Pre-health and non-physical science majors often take these courses after the first year, sometimes starting with the sophomore summer.
Last Updated: 9/4/13