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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics and Astronomy

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About the Department

Physics is the study of the basic interactions that govern the behavior of the universe as we know it. As such, a knowledge of physics is necessary for the proper understanding of any science, and, of course, it is an exciting field of study in its own right.

The department offers comprehensive training in physics that can lead to a teaching position in grades 7-12; industrial, institutional and government work; and graduate study. The major includes lecture courses, laboratory courses, and a chance for qualified students to participate in research with faculty members.

Physics for Non-Physics Majors

A minimum of one year of physics is recommended for all majors in sciences and health sciences.

Medical and dental schools also require one year of physics. Students requiring one year of physics may take either the PHYS 11000 -PHYS 12000  sequence (9 cr) or the PHYS 11100 -PHYS 12100  sequence (11 cr). Although both sequences cover the same topics, PHYS 11100 -PHYS 12100  utilizes elementary calculus and meets for one additional lecture hour each week. It is  recommended for science students and those premed students who satisfy the mathematics pre- or corequisite. PHYS 101 (4 cr) should be taken only by those who want a one semester terminal course in physics; it does not satisfy pre-professional requirements. Students should take no more than one first-semester course (PHYS 10100 , PHYS 11000 , PHYS 11100 ) and  no more than one second-semester course (PHYS 12000 , PHYS 12100 ) since they may receive credit for no more than one course from each group.

Programs and Courses

 Programs and Courses in Physics & Astronomy 

Physical Sciences Learning Center
B122 Main Library HE, (212) 396-6458, (212) 650-3707,(212) 650-3986

The Physical Sciences Learning Center provides individual tutoring, on a walk-in basis, for students enrolled in physics, chemistry and organic chemistry courses. Workshops and group tutoring sessions are also offered for selected topics. State-of-the-art computers with Internet service and appropriate programs are readily accessible. A library containing a variety of physical science textbooks and problem solutions is available. The Learning Center encourages students to learn and work with their peers.

The Physical Sciences Learning Center is open Mondays through Fridays during the day and evening. At the beginning of each semester, the specific hours and tutoring schedules are posted.

Administration and Faculty

 Department Office:

1225 North
(212) 772-5248
Web site:


Godfrey Gumbs
1247 North

(212) 650-3935


Physics and Astronomy Faculty 

HEGIS Code: 1902



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