First Year Scheduling Recommendations
for Students Interested in the
Physics Major
Physics majors have two tracks to choose from: Physics (traditional), and Applied Physics.
Both tracks have the same recommendations for classes that should be taken during the first
year. It is not necessary for students to choose one track or the other until the second year.
Recommendations:

See "Preliminary Notes" in Arts & Sciences
for recommendations concerning a First Year Seminar and a Writing course.
 University Physics I (PHYS 141P) in the fall and University
Physics II (PHYS 142) in the spring. These courses are only offered once a year and
must be taken in sequence. Students who do not take University Physic I during the
first fall semester they are at Stetson will not be able to take it
until the following year which will limit the number of physics electives
they will be able take prior to graduation.
 Mathematics Courses: It is critical for a physics major to be
developing mathematical skills at the same time as they are taking physics courses. The specific sequence of mathematics courses and whether a course is taking during
the first semester depends on the whether credit is being brought in for Calculus I (MATH 141Q)
and the score earned on the Math Placement Exam.
 Placement for students who do not have credit for MATH 141Q will be determined by the
Math Placement Exam.
The exam should be taken at the earliest possible time.
 If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are ready for MATH 141Q, then you should
take MATH 141Q during your first semester. You will take MATH 142Q during your second semester.
 If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are ready for MATH 130, then it is strongly
recommended that you review topics that you did not do well on and retake the placement test
to qualify for MATH 141Q. There is a noncredit online review course that is available to
assist with this review (see Math Placement Exam
for details). If you are unable to qualify
for MATH 141Q by the start of the semester, then you should take MATH 130 during your first
semester and MATH 131Q during your second semester.
 If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are not ready for MATH 141Q or MATH 130, then
it is critical that you review topics that you did not do well on and retake the placement test.
There is a noncredit online review course that is available to assist with this review (see
Math Placement Exam
for details). It is very important to be able to take MATH 141Q (preferred)
or MATH 130 during your first semester.
 Student with credit for MATH 141Q from AP/IB/AICE exams or transfer credit need to take
Calculus II (MATH 142Q) before the end of the first year.
 Students who have credit for
both MATH 141Q and MATH 142Q should consider taking MATH 243Q during the first semester.
If the desired Calculus course is full, contact the Chair of the Physics Department as soon
as possible and the Chair will submit a request for a registration override that will allow the
student to register for the course.
 Physics Majors interested in the PreHealth Program:
 Fall Semester: FSEM, PHYS 141P, MATH 141Q or MATH 130, and CHEM 141P.
 Spring Semester: ENGL 101, PHYS 142, MATH 142Q or MATH 131Q, and HEM 142P.
The Physics Department has a guide called the Physics Handbook
that shows the typical sequence of physics classes through a student's senior
year, and contains recommendations for physics electives that are appropriate
for students interested in a variety of career paths. The handbook can be
viewed by following the link on the
Physics Department page.
Revised: 06/17/13