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Additional Information on Introductory Course Sequences

The 1501/2 sequence is a calculus-based introduction to physics taught within the context of life science applications.  Students enroll separately in the accompanying laboratory classes (1501L/2L).

The 1601/2 sequence is a calculus-based introduction to general physics and its applications intended for students in the natural sciences and engineering. Students enroll separately in the accompanying laboratory classes (1601L/2L).

The 1901/2 sequence is an intensive, calculus-based introduction to general physics and its applications intended for students planning to major in physics. 1901/2 includes a lab and assumes students studied calculus prior to enrolling in these courses.  Students who studied calculus in high school but who did not receive AP credit for Calculus from Vanderbilt may still take these courses with permission of of the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Physics and Astronomy.  Students in this situation could consult with the DUS to determine whether they have a strong enough mathematical background to take these courses.

Students taking 1501/2 are strongly encouraged to enroll in the laboratory courses (1501L/2L) designed to accompany those lecture courses.  Similarly, students taking 1601/2 are strongly encouraged to enroll in the laboratory courses (1601L/2L) designed to accompany those lecture courses. In exceptional circumstances, however, a student may take an unmatched laboratory + lecture (e.g., 1501 + 1601L) and receive AXLE credit for the MNS laboratory science requirement.  Students who must mix-and-match the laboratory and lecture courses should consult with their advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Physics & Astronomy before doing so.  Pre-health-profession students who must mix-and-match will still receive strong preparation in physics that is more than adequate for their intended futures.