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Calculus Requirements for Physics

As a student of physics and astronomy, you need to pursue a solid understanding of calculus as part of your academic training.


Physics and Astronomy-Physics majors are required to have credit for Math 161 and 163.

Students with AP credit for Math 161 (see Colgate's AP credit policy here) are exempted from taking that course, but are encouraged to take Math 162, 214, or 308 in addition to the required Math 163. 

Math 162 is ordinarily a pre-requisite for Math 163, but students enrolled in Physics 232 can request that the Math Department waive this requirement.