Mathematics and Physics majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Introductory Mechanics Lab (PHYS 225) is considered a preparatory lab class for PHYS 215-H & 216-H
  2. Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Math 121) or other calculus-sequence course, depending on placement
  3. A foreign language
  4. CSC 123 or a distribution elective

The Book of Nature, Galileo said, is written in the language of mathematics, and since Galileo's time, mathematicians, scientists, and economists have made great strides in describing and modeling human action with the help of mathematics.

Whether you want to solve the mysteries of the universe, understand how markets work, build sophisticated models of complex systems, or just appreciate the beauty of a mathematically ordered world, rigorous mathematical training at CUA is a good place to begin.

And at Catholic University, mathematics is studied in a broader, liberal arts curriculum. Courses in philosophy, theology, the natural and social sciences, literature, and the humanities will sharpen your writing skills, develop your capacity for critical thought, and teach you how to begin making connections among the various kinds and fields of knowledge.

1 st Semester Courses

In the Fall semester of your freshman year, please enroll in PHYS 225 (1 credit), a laboratory course that will prepare you for an introductory, two-semester calculus-based course sequence that you'll take this spring and next fall (consisting of PHYS 215-H and PHYS 216-H and 226 [lab]). These courses will undergird everything else you’ll study in physics. They’ll be your first introduction to the major ideas of physics and your first exposure to physics problem solving.

In addition, we recommend you take a calculus course. Unless you scored well on an AP calculus exam, you will need to take the calculus placement exam to determine the appropriate level course.

Please make sure that you enroll in Calculus 1 (MATH 121) since knowledge of calculus at this level will be assumed in PHYS 215-H. Before you can register for calculus, you will need to submit AP scores or take the calculus placement exam.

We suggest that you begin or continue study of a foreign language as soon as possible. If you’ve taken a foreign language in high school, you may want to consider testing out of the requirement.

For your last course,you have options. One possibility is to take CSC 123 (Introduction to Computer Programming). The coming semester is also a good time to make progress on your humanities and social science requirements.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.