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PHYS UN1001 Physics for Poets.3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: high school algebra.

This course does not fulfill the physics requirement for admission to medical school. No previous background in physics is expected. An introduction to physics taught through the exploration of the scientific method, and the application of physical principles to a wide range of topics from quantum mechanics to cosmology.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1001001/18801M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
428 Pupin Laboratories
Szabolcs Marka3109/130

PHYS UN1018 Weapons of Mass Destruction.3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: high school science and math.

A review of the history and environmental consequences of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction (WMD); of how these weapons work, what they cost, how they have spread, how they might be used, how they are currently controlled by international treaties and domestic legislation, and what issues of policy and technology arise in current debates on WMD. What aspects of the manufacture of WMD are easily addressed, and what aspects are technically challenging? It may be expected that current events/headlines will be discussed in class.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1018001/61121T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Szabolcs Marka3121/140

PHYS UN1201 General Physics I.3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: some basic background in calculus or be concurrently taking MATH UN1101 Calculus I.,The accompanying laboratory is PHYS UN1291-UN1292

The course will use elementary concepts from calculus. The accompanying laboratory is PHYS UN1291 - UN1292. Basic introduction to the study of mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1201001/22186M W 10:10am - 11:25am
301 Pupin Laboratories
Michael Shaevitz3153/175
PHYS 1201002/23538M W 10:10am - 11:25am
428 Pupin Laboratories
Bradley Johnson3106/130
PHYS 1201003/19467T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
428 Pupin Laboratories
Cory Dean379/130
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1201001/74168T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Bradley Johnson387/130

PHYS UN1202 General Physics II.3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: This course will use elementary concepts from calculus. Students should therefore have had some high school calculus, or be concurrently enrolled in MATH UN1101. Taken with accompanying lab PHYS UN1291- PHYS UN1292, the sequence PHYS UN1201- PHYS UN1202 satisfies requirements for medical school.

Electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1202001/23212M W 10:10am - 11:25am
301 Pupin Laboratories
Michael Shaevitz3165/175
PHYS 1202002/23719M W 10:10am - 11:25am
428 Pupin Laboratories
Abhay Pasupathy394/130
PHYS 1202003/67563T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
428 Pupin Laboratories
Burton Budick333/130

PHYS UN1291 General Physics Laboratory.1 point.

Same course as PHYS W1291x, but given off-sequence.

Corequisites: PHYS UN1201

This course is the laboratory for the corequisite lecture course and can be taken only during the same term as the corresponding lecture.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1291001/21452M 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1291002/10062M 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1291003/67323M 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri112/15
PHYS 1291004/22799M 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri112/15
PHYS 1291005/75863M 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri18/15
PHYS 1291006/68967M 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri113/15
PHYS 1291007/72385T 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1291008/29961T 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri113/16
PHYS 1291009/16186T 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri19/15
PHYS 1291010/64117T 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri111/15
PHYS 1291011/23167T 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri18/15
PHYS 1291012/27691T 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri111/15
PHYS 1291013/74065W 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri112/15
PHYS 1291014/28513W 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri112/15
PHYS 1291015/13394W 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri112/15
PHYS 1291016/11326W 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1291017/67817W 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri113/15
PHYS 1291019/68973Th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1291020/29005Th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri113/15
PHYS 1291021/75327Th 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri112/15
PHYS 1291022/69519Th 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri113/15
PHYS 1291023/14769Th 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri113/15
PHYS 1291024/28004Th 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1291025/12938F 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1291026/23661F 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri19/15
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1291001/23177M 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1291003/27382T 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri113/15
PHYS 1291004/23600T 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri111/15
PHYS 1291005/60344W 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri18/15
PHYS 1291007/70145Th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri111/15
PHYS 1291008/19006Th 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri18/15
PHYS 1291009/64360F 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri110/15

PHYS UN1292 General Physics Laboratory II.1 point.

Corequisites: PHYS UN1201,PHYS UN1202

This course is the laboratory for the corequisite lecture course (PHYS UN1201 - PHYS UN1202) and can be taken only during the same term as the corresponding lecture.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1292001/73417M 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1292002/14047M 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri116/16
PHYS 1292003/18769M 4:10pm - 7:10pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri17/15
PHYS 1292004/16761M 4:10pm - 7:10pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1292005/18560M 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri111/15
PHYS 1292006/77193M 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri17/15
PHYS 1292007/71732T 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri116/15
PHYS 1292008/28278T 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri112/15
PHYS 1292009/20644T 4:10pm - 7:10pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1292010/14762T 4:10pm - 7:10pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1292011/77610T 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1292013/65754W 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1292014/73871W 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1292015/25271W 4:10pm - 7:10pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri113/15
PHYS 1292016/27166W 4:10pm - 7:10pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri19/15
PHYS 1292017/60656W 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri110/15
PHYS 1292018/25053Th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1292019/26058Th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri115/15
PHYS 1292020/62023Th 4:10pm - 7:10pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1292021/26770Th 4:10pm - 7:10pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1292022/67168Th 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri114/15
PHYS 1292023/14319F 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Giuseppina Cambareri112/15

PHYS UN1401 Introduction To Mechanics and Thermodynamics.3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Corequisites: MATH UN1101

Fundamental laws of mechanics, kinematics and dynamics, work and energy, rotational dynamics, oscillations, gravitation, fluids, temperature and heat, gas laws, the first and second laws of thermodynamics.  Corequisite: MATH UN1101 or the equivalent.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1401001/18908M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
William Zajc3165/160
PHYS 1401002/13337T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
428 Pupin Laboratories
Gabriel Perez-Giz3108/140

PHYS UN1402 Introduction To Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics.3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: PHYS UN1401
Corequisites: MATH UN1102

Electric fields, direct currents, magnetic fields, alternating currents, electromagnetic waves, polarization, geometrical optics, interference, and diffraction.  Corequisite: MATH UN1102 Calculus II or equivalent.

PHYS UN1403 Introduction to Classical and Quantum Waves.3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: PHYS UN1402 Corequisite: MATH UN1201 or equivalent.

Classical waves and the wave equation, Fourier series and integrals, normal modes, wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, basic principles of quantum mechanics, energy levels, reflection and transmission coefficients, applications to atomic physics.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1403001/72043M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
428 Pupin Laboratories
Rachel Rosen398/130

PHYS UN1493 Introduction to Experimental Physics.3 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS UN1401 and PHYS UN1402

Laboratory work associated with the two prerequisite lecture courses. Experiments in mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, wave motion, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Note: Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS UN1493 and UN1494.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1493001/61060T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold311/13
PHYS 1493001/61060T 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold311/13
PHYS 1493002/21714T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold310/13
PHYS 1493002/21714T 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold310/13
PHYS 1493003/61205W 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold310/13
PHYS 1493003/61205T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold310/13
PHYS 1493004/19894T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold39/13
PHYS 1493004/19894W 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold39/13
PHYS 1493005/16957T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold39/13
PHYS 1493005/16957W 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold39/13
PHYS 1493006/23968Th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold313/13
PHYS 1493006/23968T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold313/13
PHYS 1493007/23867T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold313/13
PHYS 1493007/23867Th 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold313/13
PHYS 1493008/71940T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold312/13
PHYS 1493008/71940Th 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold312/13
PHYS 1493009/12172F 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold35/13
PHYS 1493009/12172T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold35/13
PHYS 1493010/67765M 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold39/13
PHYS 1493010/67765T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold39/13
PHYS 1493011/21701T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold311/13
PHYS 1493011/21701M 4:10pm - 7:10pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold311/13
PHYS 1493012/22577T 3:00pm - 3:55pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold312/13
PHYS 1493012/22577M 7:30pm - 10:30pm
5th Flr Pupin Laboratories
Giuseppina Cambareri, Nathan Saffold312/13

PHYS UN1494 Introduction to Experimental Physics.3 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS UN1401 and PHYS UN1402

Laboratory work associated with the two prerequisite lecture courses. Experiments in mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, wave motion, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Note: Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS UN1493 and PHYS UN1494.

PHYS UN1601 Physics, I: Mechanics and Relativity.3.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: Corequisite: MATH UN1102 Calculus II or equivalent.

Fundamental laws of mechanics, kinematics and dynamics, work and energy, rotational dynamics, oscillations, gravitation, fluids, introduction to special relativity and relativistic kinematics. The course is preparatory for advanced work in physics and related fields.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1601001/62274T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
301 Pupin Laboratories
Thomas Humensky3.5132/180

PHYS UN1602 Physics, II: Thermodynamics, Electricity, and Magnetism.3.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: PHYS UN1601 Corequisite: MATH UN1201 or equivalent.

Temperature and heat, gas laws, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, electric fields, direct currents, magnetic fields, alternating currents, electromagnetic waves. The course is preparatory for advanced work in physics and related fields.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 1602001/27293T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
428 Pupin Laboratories
Thomas Humensky3.587/160

PHYS UN2001 Special Relativity.3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: a working knowledge of high school algebra, trigonometry, and physics. Some familiarity with calculus is useful but not essential.

This course is a comprehensive, one-semester introduction to the essential ideas and mathematical structures underlying Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Among the topics covered will be: the relativity of simultaneity, time dilation, Lorentz contraction, velocity combination laws, time dilation over large distances, the Lorentz transformation, spacetime diagrams, the basic (seeming) paradoxes of special relativity, relativistic equations of motion and E = mc2.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 2001001/72047F 1:00pm - 3:00pm
414 Pupin Laboratories
Brian Greene313/40

PHYS UN2601 Physics, III: Classical and Quantum Waves.3.5 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS UN1402 or PHYS UN1602 Corequisite: MATH UN1202 or equivalent.

Classical waves and the wave equation, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction, Fourier series and integrals, normal modes, wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, basic principles of quantum mechanics, energy levels, reflection and transmission coefficients, the harmonic oscillator. The course is preparatory for advanced work in physics and related fields.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 2601001/76382T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
329 Pupin Laboratories
Jeremy Dodd3.565/100

PHYS UN2699 Experiments in Classical and Modern Physics.3 points.

Prerequisites: (PHYS UN1601 or PHYS UN1401) and (PHYS UN1602 or PHYS UN1402) and PHYS UN2601

Laboratory work associated with the three prerequisite lecture courses. Experiments in mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, wave motion, atomic physics, and nuclear physics.

PHYS UN2801 Accelerated Physics I.4.5 points.

Prerequisites: Advanced Placement in physics and mathematics, or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission. (A special placement meeting is held during Orientation.)

This accelerated two-semester sequence covers the subject matter of PHYS UN1601, PHYS UN1602 and PHYS UN2601, and is intended for those students who have an exceptionally strong background in both physics and mathematics. The course is preparatory for advanced work in physics and related fields. There is no accompanying laboratory; however, students are encouraged to take the intermediate laboratory, PHYS UN3081, in the following year.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 2801001/22373T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
329 Pupin Laboratories
Brian Cole4.538/100

PHYS UN2802 Accelerated Physics II.4.5 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS UN2801

This accelerated two-semester sequence covers the subject matter of PHYS UN1601, PHYS UN1602 and PHYS UN2601, and is intended for those students who have an exceptionally strong background in both physics and mathematics. The course is preparatory for advanced work in physics and related fields. There is no accompanying laboratory; however, students are encouraged to take the intermediate laboratory, PHYS UN3081, in the following year.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
PHYS 2802001/12976T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
329 Pupin Laboratories
Brian Cole4.526/70

PHYS UN3002 From Quarks To the Cosmos: Applications of Modern Physics.3.5 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: PHYS UN2601 or PHYS UN2802

This course reinforces basic ideas of modern physics through applications to nuclear physics, high energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The ongoing Columbia research programs in these fields are used as practical examples. The course is preparatory for advanced work in physics and related fields.

Physics Transfer/Summer Credit

(last updated on March 8, 2018)

Students frequently request transfer credit for physics courses taken at other institutions, commonly for courses taken before they matriculated to CWRU.  Many also request approval for courses they wish to take elsewhere in summer school or in Study Abroad programs. Current CWRU students should obtain approval IN ADVANCE before taking a course elsewhere; this policy is in place to protect YOU, so that you don’t mistakenly take a course that will not be accepted for transfer credit.

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies in Sears 357 to obtain the forms you need or look at the web site http://www.case.edu/ugstudies/forms/ for the following two forms:

http://www.case.edu/ugstudies/media/caseedu/undergraduate-studies/documents/forms/pdfs/off-campus-study-request-form06272014.pdf is used for requesting approval in advance to take a summer course

http://www.case.edu/ugstudies/media/caseedu/undergraduate-studies/documents/forms/pdfs/transfer-credit-approval-form06272014.pdf is used for approval after the fact for a course you took at another institution before you matriculated to CWRU.

Information about physics courses taken abroad is available at the bottom of this page.

IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT SIGNATURES (05/02/2014): Dean Anderson of the Office of Undergraduate Studies has agreed, on a trial basis, to accept the data in this posting in lieu of a signature on your transfer credit approval form. If the course you wish to take appears in the list of APPROVED COURSES below and was evaluated in the past five years, you do not need to obtain the signature of the academic representative of the Department of Physics. (There’s additional information about signatures later in this document.)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PRE-HEALTH STUDENTS (04/30/2015): Before seeking transfer credit for physics courses taken elsewhere, be aware of restrictions that some medical schools place on your studies. From Dean Scherger, health career advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Studies: ‘While the number of medical and other health science schools that accept online and community college courses continues to slowly increase, they still remain a minority among all programs. Since pre-health students typically apply to a range of 8-20 schools, and are thus likely to apply to schools that do not accept alternative classroom experiences, I recommend that the students take their core science courses at four year institutions in traditional classrooms. While many of the pre-health students receive this advice as they consult with me, I am certain there are a fair number who do not seek my perspective.’

There are several general policies that steer the physics department’s decision on whether to grant transfer credit. If you are seeking approval for a course not listed below, YOU need to provide DETAILED information about it. Ideally, you should obtain a syllabus that describes the textbook used and the topics covered. Simply sending along the name of the course is not sufficient since the same name, say MECHANICS, could apply to a high school, introductory college, advanced or even a graduate course. A General Bulletin-type description is occasionally sufficient, but not always.

It’s also important for you, in consultation with your CWRU academic advisor, to identify the correct CWRU physics course for which you need transfer credit.  This is determined by your major department, not by the Department of Physics.  It is, however, useful for you to inform the academic representative of physics of your major(s) or intended major(s) when you request transfer credit as this can minimize the possibility that you will take the wrong course.


Introductory Physics Courses such as PHYS 115, 116, 121 & 122

There are three major concerns for transfer credit for these courses.  When you ask the physics department’s academic representative to sign the form allowing transfer credit, you must present evidence (hard copies of documents or URL’s of appropriate web sites) that the course you wish to take satisfies each of the following conditions.


1.  MATH LEVEL:

PHYS 121/122  are calculus-based courses.  Any substitute must also be calculus-based, not algebra-based. The information you provide to have a course approved must CLEARLY show that it is calculus-based. If this information simply lists a math course number as a prerequisite, you should provide material that shows this prerequisite is calculus.

PHYS 115/116 were once also calculus-based at CWRU, but the physics department voted in December 2002 to modify this requirement, effective for the fall of 2003, and remove the calculus prerequisite.  Since students at Case do commonly take calculus before taking physics, the PHYS 115/116 instructor is free to introduce some calculus in our life science physics sequence, but we now use a text that is designed for life science students (algebra-based) and will accept algebra-based courses from other institutions. (Some universities still formally require calculus for their life science physics courses but many do not. A better way to distinguish a life science from a typical calculus-based sequence for engineers and BS science majors is to compare the topics covered.)

Faculty members in some CWRU departments that focus on pre-med students were not pleased about the switch from a calculus to an algebra-based pre-med sequence at CWRU.  They thought this would put students at a disadvantage if those students later chose to pursue a career in medical research or switched to another major with more rigorous mathematics requirements. If this might be a concern for you, please consult your major advisor before proceeding to choose a physics course.

Ideally, a university will publish in its paper- or on-line General Bulletin information describing a course as either algebra- or calculus-based.  If they do not do this, then you must find out through other means, such as

  • Examine the prerequisites to see if calculus is required as a prerequisite. (A corequisite is not good enough.)
  • Find out the name of the textbook, anything described as ‘College Physics’ is probably an algebra-based course, ‘University Physics’ is a buzzword for a calculus-based course, ‘General Physics’ is probably calculus-based but this is not guaranteed.
  • Check for a course web page that the institution may have posted from the current or previous semesters.
  • Contact the university and ask the question directly.

2.  CONTENT & HOURS:

The courses must meet for roughly the same number of total hours and cover roughly the same material as do PHYS 115, 116, 121 and 122 (as described here)  An exact content match is not necessary,  an overlap of 80% or so is common.  Modern physics, fluids and thermodynamics are commonly included in courses designed for life science students, like our PHYS 115/116, but are usually covered in separate courses in sequences for engineers, like our PHYS 121/122.

An approximate match of hours can be complicated for universities that operate on academic calendars based on quarters rather than semesters; this is fairly common on the west coast of the US. If the institution at which you plan to study physics operates on quarters, then most likely you will need to take three of their physics courses in order to obtain credit for two CWRU courses (or two courses to get credit for one).  Some universities offer 5 credit physics courses on a quarter system but this translates into only 3.33 credits on a semester basis, rather than the 4 credits normally associated with intro physics courses at CWRU.


3.  LAB:

PHYS 115, 116, 121 and 122 each include a laboratory component. These labs meet for 3 hours, 7 times a semester.  Many universities include such a lab as part of their introductory physics courses while others list the labs separately, usually as a 1 credit course.  Either system is acceptable as long as there is a lab that you will take. Some institutions regard physics plus lab as 5 credits but this will only transfer to CWRU as 4 credits. There are a few institutions which do not offer a lab for PHYS 121/122 or offer only a single semester of lab for this pair of courses. You cannot obtain transfer credit for any of PHYS 115, 116, 121, or 122 until you complete a laboratory associated with that course. Case does offer separate stand-alone labs, PHYS 113A and PHYS 113B, which can be used to satisfy the lab requirement for transfer credit lecture courses. Your transfer credit request will be signed by the academic representative of the Department of Physics but with a note that explains the credit should not be posted on SIS until you receive credit for the associated lab at CWRU. It will be up to YOU to notify the Office of Undergraduate Studies when your lab grade is posted; there is no automatic system in place to do this.


Online Courses

The physics department does not in general accept online courses for transfer credit. Individual requests for such credit will be considered by the department’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Students seeking transfer credit for online courses will have to provide a complete syllabus that describes the content and level of the course and will also need to explain how the online aspect works, including how tests are proctored to protect the integrity of the exam.

If the CWRU course has a lab, the student will also have to explain how this requirement will be fulfilled. Item #3 above describes some options.


Advanced Physics Courses – 200 level and above

These courses vary a great deal from institution to institution.  Students who wish to take an advanced physics course from another institution should obtain a course syllabus from that institution and arrange a meeting with the academic representative of the CWRU Dept. of Physics.


SIGNATURES: Contact the academic representative of the Department of Physics (Prof. G. Chottiner, gsc2@case.edu ) for more information or for approval of your Transfer/Summer Credit form.

You may stop by my office, Rockefeller 104D, for a signature at any time without prior arrangements if you have all the documentation described above. It can be useful to first send an email with attachments or links for all the relevant information, preferably including a syllabus. I’ve posted a copy of my regular schedule on my office door. If you have trouble catching me, just send an email listing a few times that fit your schedule and I’ll get back to you with a firm appointment at one of those times or, if none works, suggestions of alternate times. If you prefer, and IF you’ve done all your homework, you may just leave your form at my office (slide it under the door or leave it on the neighboring bookshelf; in the latter case you should point me to it by leaving a post-it note on my door – there’s a supply of post-it notes handy) or mailbox (Roc 225). I’ll sign your form and leave it on the bookshelf outside my office for you to retrieve at your convenience.


APPROVED COURSES IN US INSTITUTIONS

The following courses have been approved for transfer credit as of the date shown. We can’t keep track of changes made by other institutions and won’t guarantee that the courses in the following table will continue indefinitely to serve as substitutes for our own courses or that they will be available at any given time.

If the approval date listed below is more than five years old, the course must be reexamined to determine if it is still acceptable for transfer credit.

Identifying satisfactory courses is easier in certain states which have adopted uniform standards across state-supported institutions. CWRU isn’t a state university, so you won’t find our courses in the database for Ohio or other states, but you can research courses already approved at select institutions in the table below. To identify comparable courses at other institutions in the following states:

for Ohio, use https://transfercredit.ohio.gov/ap/20?11057681552516:::::

for Florida, use http://scns.fldoe.org/scns/public/pb_index.jsp

“2053” + “2053L” might equal our PHYS 115 in Florida (4/6/2015)

for Texas, use https://www.tccns.org/search/download/

For other states, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming, refer to http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/mbquestRTL?rep=TA03 for details about common course numbering systems, course equivalencies or partial systems.

Courses approved fro Study Abroad are listed at http://www.phys.cwru.edu/undergrad/StudyAbroad.htm.

InstitutionCourse

CWRU PHYS

COMMENTS

updated

Anne Aurndel Community CollegePHY 111115

3/27/2014

PHY 112116

3/27/2014

Arizona State Univ.PHY111+113

115

2/16/2014

PHY112+114

116

may not include modern physics tested on MCAT exam

2/16/2014

Austin Community CollegePHYSICS 2425121

4/11/2012

PHYSICS 2426122

4/11/2012

Baldwin-Wallace UniversityPHY-146L116

7/22/2013

Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)PHYS 118116

6/19/2013

Bloomsburg Univ. (PA)54.111115

5/15/2014

54.112116**might be missing modern physics

5/15/2014

Boise StatePHYS 111 + lab115

03/21/2014

Boston CollegePHYS 2100+205012103/22/2016
PHYS 2101+2051

122

03/22/2016

Boston UniversityCAS PY 106

115

05/12/2008

CAS PY 106

116

04/13/2015

CAS PY 211

121

05/12/2008

CAS PY 212

122

06/03/2015

Bowling Green State UniversityPHYS 2010115

04/02/2013

PHYS 2020116

04/02/2013

Bridgewater State Univ. (MA)Physics 181115

05/12/2014

Broward CollegePHY2053 + 2053L115algebra-based course with calculus-based text

11/16/2017

PHY2054 + 2054L116may not include modern physics

11/16/2017

Butler County Community CollegePHYS 101115

05/08/2017

Cal State NorthridgePhysics 100A/AL115

11/8/2011

Physics 100B/BL116

11/8/2011

Capital University (Columbus area)220

115

05/12/2008

221

116

 like our PHYS 122, too

02/27/2017

Carroll UniversityPHY101 + 101L115

10/20/2015

PHY102 + 102L116

10/20/2015

Cascadia Community CollegePHYS 221121

6/25/2014

City College of New YorkPhysics 20800122

4/10/2017

Cleveland StatePHY 221

115

3/22/2017

PHY 222

116

3/22/2017

PHY 241

121

05/12/2008

PHY 242

122

05/12/2008

PHY 330

221

05/12/2008

College of DuPagePHYSICS 1201115 their 5 credits = our 4

03/29/2016

PHYSICS 1202116 their 5 credits = our 4

03/29/2016

PHYSICS 2111121 their 5 credits = our 4

03/29/2016

PHYSICS 2112122 their 5 credits = our 4

03/29/2016

Collin County Community College, TexasPHYS 2425

121

04/05/2009

Columbia UniversityPHYS 1201+1291115

3/6/2018

PHYS 1202+1292116

3/6/2018

Community College of Allegheny CountyPHY-141115

4/11/2016

PHY-142116

4/16/2010

PHY-221121

4/16/2010

PHY-222122

4/16/2010

Community College of Baltimore CountyPhysics 101115

4/6/2011

Physics 102116

4/6/2011

Cuyahoga Community College1210

115

05/12/2008

1220

116

05/12/2008

2310

121

04/18/2017

2320

122

05/12/2008

2400

221

05/12/2008

Delaware Valley CollegeMP 2119 +MP 2219115 + 116

3/21/2012

Eastern Michigan Univ.PHY 221115

3/20/2014

PHY 222116missing modern physics?

3/20/2014

Evergreen Valley CollegeGeneral Physics 2A1152/29/2016
Fairfield UniversityPS 115 + PS 115L115

2/12/2018

Florida International UniversityPHY 2049 + 2049L122

04/10/2013

FordhamPHYS 1501+1511115

7/14/2014

PHYS 1502+1512116

7/14/2014

George Mason UniversityPHSY 260122

5/6/2013

GeorgetownPHYS-101115

6/2/2011

PHYS-102116

6/2/2011

Harper CollegePHY 202122

4/9/2015

HarvardPhysics 11a+lab

115

Physical Sciences 1, 2 & 3 might

05/12/2008

Physics 11b+lab

116

substitute for 11a/b

05/12/2008

Harvard Summer SchoolPHYS S-1a115

9/27/2017

PHYS S-1b116

4/21/2014

Howard Community CollegePHYS-103115

2/23/2015

PHYS-104116

2/23/2015

Hudson Valley Community CollegePhysics I121

4/8/2016

Hunter CollegePHYS 110 LC+LB+RC115

3/20/2014

Indiana Univ Purdue Univ at IndianapolisPHYS-P 201115

02/02/2015

Johnson Community CollegePHYS 221122

4/20/2015

Kent State13001 + 13021

115

05/12/2008

13002 + 13022

116

05/12/2008

23101

121

05/12/2008

23102

122

05/12/2008

Lakeland Community College1610

115

03/21/2017

1620

116

05/12/2008

2410

121

05/12/2008

2420

122

05/12/2008

Lansing Community CollegePhysics 252

122

11/6/2017

Lawrence Technological UniversityPHYS 2423+2431

121

04/21/2016

Lone Star College MontgomeryPHYS 2425

115*

*also similar to PHYS 121

04/25/2016

PHYS 2426

116*

*similar to PHYS 122 but includes modern physics

04/25/2016

Lorain Community CollegePHYC 151

115

05/12/2008

PHYC 152

116

05/12/2008

PHYC 251

121

PHYC 252 is not a substitute for our PHYS 122

05/12/2008

Loyola UniversityPHYSICS 111+111L

115

03/01/2018

PHYSICS 112+112L

116

03/01/2018

PHYSICS 125+135

121

05/12/2008

PHYSICS 126+136

122

05/12/2008

MarquettePhysics 1001115

4/5/2013

Physics 1002116

4/5/2013

Mississippi State Univ.PH2213 – Physics I121

4/24/2015

Monmouth UniversityPHYS 115 + 115L115

04/01/2013

PHYS 116 + 116L116

04/01/2013

Montgomery CollegePHYS 203+203L

115

04/05/2016

PHYS 204+lab

116

04/05/2016

Moraine Valley Community CollegePHYS 203-001

121

0413/2017

Nassau Community CollegePHY101

115

06/27/2008

PHY102

116

06/27/2008

New Jersey Institute of TechnologyPHYS 111 + 111A121

05/16/2012

North Central College (Naperville, IL)PHY 115115

2/16/2011

PHY 116116

2/16/2011

PHY 141 + 142121

2/16/2011

PHY 143C122you need to identify an E&M lab

2/16/2011

Northern Virginia Community CollegePHY 232122

6/19/2013

NorthwesternPHYSICS 130-1,2,3115+1163 quarter courses = our 2 courses

3/26/2012

PHYSICS 135-1,2,3121+1223 quarter courses = poor match

3/26/2012

Oakland Community CollegePHY 1610115

3/7/2018

Oakland UniversityPHY 101 + 110115

3/19/2015

PHY 102 + 111116

3/19/2015

Oakton Community CollegePHY 131115

4/29/2013

Ohio Northern UniversityPHYS 2321 + 2351

122

3/20/2017

Ohio State University1200

115

10/31/2013

1201

116

10/31/2013

1250

121

10/31/2013

1251

122

10/31/2013

Ohio University201+202+203

115+116

quarter system complicates things

05/12/2008

251+252+253

121+122

quarter system complicates things

05/12/2008

Penn State UniversityPHYS 250115sign up for lab too

07/14/2009

PHYS 251116sign up for lab too

07/14/2009

PHYS 211121sign up for lab too

07/14/2009

PHYS 212122sign up for lab too

02/26/2018

Portland State UniversityPh 201+202+ 203+ 214+215+ 216115+116their 201 = our 115 but you need 202+203 for our 116

03/25/2011

Ph 221+221+223+214+215+216121+122their 221 = our 121 but you need 221+223 for our 122. Their 211,212,213 are also okay.

04/22/2011

Rampo College of New JerseyPHYS 110-01 + PHYS 110 LAB115

3/24/2015

PHYS 112 including lab116

3/34/2015

Rhode Island CollegeP101115

2/16/2011

P102116

2/16/2011

Robert Morris UniversityPHYS2210-A + PHYS 2215-A

122

includes modern physics, which a substitute for  our PHYS 122 ideally would not

4/24/2017

Rutgers203+205

115

03/02/2016

204+206

116

03/02/2016

??? 123-124 ???

121

might not be truly calculus-based

03/31/2015

227+229

122

03/20/2012

Saddleback College, CAPHYS 4B122

04/23/2012

San Jose State Univ.PHYS 002A115

05/19/2016

Sante Fe College (Gainesville, FL)PHY 2049122

4/8/2011

Schoolcraft CollegePHYS 212122

02/27/2017

St. Louis Community CollegePHY 223122

05/16/2012

Sinclair Community College1141115

04/01/2013

1142116

04/01/2013

2201+2207121

9/20/2013

Stanfordquarter system means two courses for one CWRU course

11/30/2017

Stony BrookPHY121+123115unconventional offering, recorded lectures?

07/09/2009

PHY122+124116unconventional offering, no lectures?

04/13/2015

PHY131+133121

07/09/2009

PHY132+134122

07/09/2009

SUNY-BuffaloPHY101+151

115

05/19/2013

PHY102+152

116

05/19/2013

PHY107+158

122

one lab for both courses?

05/12/2008

PHY108+158

122

one lab for both courses?

05/12/2008

Temple UniversityPHYS 1061121

05/16/2012

Tennessee State UniversityPHYS 2010 + 2011115

5/8/2017

PHYS 2110 + 2111 1215/8/2017
The College of New JerseyPHY 201121

03/29/2012

PHY 202122

03/29/2012

Tufts UniversityPHY 0012B122

06/03/2015

University of AkronPHYS 261

115

03/29/2016

PHYS 262

116

3/8/2018

PHYS 291

121

03/29/2016

PHYS 292

122

03/29/2016

PHYS 301

221

03/29/2016

University of Alabama-BirminghamPhysics 222-U9122

04/02/2014

University of ArizonaPhysics 102 + 18111502/26/2016
Univ. CA – Berkeley7A + 7B + 7C121+1221/4 system, 3 courses = our 2

3/30/2015

University of Chicago12100+12200+12300115+116quarter system: 3 courses = 2 CWRU courses

03/26/2012

13100+13200+13200121+1223 courses do not match up well

03/26/2012

University of CincinnatiPHYS 1051+1051L

115

03/19/2015

PHYS 1052 + 1052L

116

03/19/2015

201+lab

121

quarter system

05/12/2008

202+203 +212+213

122

quarter system

05/12/2008

University of Colorado at DenverPHYS 2311+2321121

02/13/2017

University of Colorado at BoulderPHYS 2010115

12/7/2012

PHYS 2020116

12/7/2012

PHYS 1110 + PHYS 1140?121PHYS 1140 lab is odd

03/01/2013

PHYS 1120 + PHYS 1140?122PHYS 1140 lab is odd

03/01/2013

University of Connecticut, HartfordPHYS 1201115

3/22/2011

PHYS 1202116

3/22/2011

University of DaytonPHY 201 + 201L115

5/10/2012

PHY 202 + 202L116

5/10/2012

University of DelawarePHYS 202910 + 202920L116

04/15/2011

University of HawaiiPhysics 272 + 272L122

04/30/2012

University of HoustonPHYS 1301 +1101

115

03/17/2009

PHYS 1302+1102

116

03/31/2014

PHYS 1321 + 1121121

12/9/2014

PHYS 1322 + 1122122

12/9/2014

University of Illinois, Chicago105 + 106

115

3/24/2014

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