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2017-2018 University Catalogue 
  
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalogue

Physical Science Major


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Adviser M.E. Parks

Students taking courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics who do not wish to major in only one of them should consider a physical science interdisciplinary major.

For more information about the division, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the natural science and mathematics division  page.

Major Requirements


Students who receive Colgate credit, either through advanced placement or through transfer credit, for any courses that would normally count toward the major are allowed to apply that credit toward the major.

Students who place into a higher-level course without receiving credit for the introductory course will be required to take another course in order to bring the total number of courses taken in the major to thirteen. The alternative course need not be in the same department as the one exempted, but it must be at the 200, 300, or 400 level.

The major consists of thirteen courses divided among the three subjects (chemistry, math, and physics) as follows:

Additional Courses


Five more courses, which must be approved by the major adviser, are taken:

  • One must be a chemistry course
  • One must be a physics course
  • Three must be at the 300 level or higher

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