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Physics Placement Test

Many undergraduate academic programs require students to complete part or all of a Physics sequence (e.g. Physics 3A-3B-3C or Physics 7C-7D-7E). If you know which Physics course(s) are required of you, please see below for information on how to enroll. If you do not know which Physics course(s) you need for your degree, please contact your academic advising office.

*NOTE: only some majors at UCI require students to take Physics during the first quarter of enrollment.

For students who plan to enroll in PHYSICS 3A (VECTORS, MOTION, FORCE, ENERGY): Physics 3A does not require a placement test. Students can enroll directly into Physics 3A if they meet AT LEAST ONE of the requirements below:


1. Complete either Math 2A 2A or Math 5A at UCI (offered in Summer) or an equivalent -OR-

2. A score of 4 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Math Exam -OR-

3. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC Math Exam.

For students who plan to enroll in PHYSICS 7C (FORCE, ENERGY, MOMENTUM, ROTATION, GRAVITY): Physics 7C does not require a placement test. Students can enroll directly into Physics 7C if they meet AT LEAST ONE of the requirements below:

1. Complete Physics 2 with a grade of "C" or better (offered in Summer) -OR-

2. Complete both Math 2D and Chem 1C/H2C/M2C/M3C at UCI -OR-

3. A score of 650 or higher on the SAT Mathematics exam -OR-

4. A score of 27 or higher on the ACT Mathematics exam -OR-

5. A score of 4 or higher on the AP Physics C: Mechanics exam -OR-

6. A score of 4 or higher on the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exam -OR-

IN ADDITION , enrollment into Physics 7C requires that students also be enrolled in Math 2B or have completed an equivalent course (or tested out of Math 2B with a score of 4 or higher on the AP Calculus BC exam).

Students with no previous background in physics, such as a high school physics course, are recommended to take PHYSICS 2 (MATH METHODS FOR PHYSICS) before taking Physics 7C. Physics 2 does not require a placement test. Students can enroll directly into Physics 2 if they meet AT LEAST ONE of the requirements below:

1. Complete either Math 2A or Math 5A at UCI (offered in Summer) or an equivalent -OR-

2. A score of 4 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Math Exam -OR-

3. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC Math Exam.

 

 

 

 

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