Undergraduate

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

The Department of Physics and Astronomy generally offers credit for certain AP and other exams as outlined below. Authoritative requirements and policies are given in the Tufts Bulletin.


AP Physics 1*

  • Score of 5 qualifies for 1.0 credit for PHY 0001 - Introductory Physics I
  • Score of 4 and passing the Mechanics Placement Exam for 1.0 credit for PHY 0001 - Introductory Physics I


AP Physics 2*

  • Score of 5 qualifies for 1.0 credit for PHY 0002 - Introductory Physics II


AP Physics B*

  • Score of 5 qualifies for 1.0 credit for PHY 0001 - Introductory Physics I
  • Score of 4 and passing the Mechanics Placement Exam for 1.0 credit for PHY 0001 - Introductory Physics I


AP Physics C: Mechanics

  • Score of 5 qualifies for 1.0 credit for PHY 0011 - General Physics I
  • Score of 4 and passing the Mechanics Placement Exam for 1.0 credit for PHY 0011 - General Physics I


AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

  • Score of 5 qualifies for 1.0 credit for PHY 0012 - General Physics II


*Note: No credit will be given for School of Engineering students for AP scores on the Physics 1, Physics 2, or Physics B exams.

Mechanics Placement Exam

Students who score a 4 on the Physics 1, Physics B, or Physics C: Mechanics exams who are interested in being awarded AP credit must take the Mechanics Placement Exam, administered once per year prior to the fall semester during Orientation. The exam is graded on a pass/did not pass basis. Check the Orientation website for details on the date, time, and room. Students will receive an email within 24 hours of taking the exam to let them know if they passed or did not pass. If there are any questions, please call or email the Department Administrator.

Transfer Credit

The policy for transfer of undergraduate-level courses in Physics and Astronomy is as follows:

Introductory Physics Courses (PHY 1 and PHY 2 which are algebra-based, no calculus required)
The applicant for credit transfer must:

  • Specify the Tufts course (PHY 1 or PHY 2) for which the applicant seeks transfer of credit.
  • Provide evidence that the substitute course requires a lab. Evidence includes course description accessible from a valid URL or course syllabus.
  • If the lab is offered as a separate course (with a separate course number), then the applicant must fill out 2 requests: one for the lecture and one for the lab.


General Physics Courses (PHY 11 and PHY 12 which are calculus-based)
The applicant for credit transfer must:

  • Specify the Tufts course (PHY 11 or PHY 12) for which the applicant seeks transfer of credit.
  • Provide evidence that the substitute course is calculus-based (calculus is a pre-requisite or a co-requisite). Evidence includes course description accessible from a valid URL or course syllabus.
  • Provide evidence that the substitute course requires a lab. Evidence includes course description accessible from a valid URL or course syllabus.
  • If the lab is offered as a separate course (with a separate course number), then the applicant must fill out 2 requests: one for the lecture and one for the lab.


Upper-level Physics Courses
The applicant for credit transfer must:

  • Specify the Tufts course for which the applicant seeks transfer of credit.
  • Provide evidence that the substitute course matches the content of the Tufts course. Evidence includes course description accessible from a valid URL or course syllabus.
  • Provide evidence that the substitute course satisfies the physics major at that school. Evidence includes a valid URL where the major requirements are outlined.


Astronomy Courses (introductory or upper-level)
The applicant for credit transfer must:

  • Specify the Tufts Astronomy course for which the applicant seeks transfer of credit.
  • Apply under the "Astronomy" section (not under Physics).


Study Abroad Courses
The applicant for credit transfer must:

  • Specify the Tufts course for which the applicant seeks transfer of credit.
  • Provide evidence that the substitute course matches the content of the Tufts course. Evidence includes course description accessible from a valid URL or course syllabus.
  • Provide evidence that the substitute course satisfies the physics major at that school. Evidence includes a valid URL where the major requirements are outlined.