This week, registration opened up at my college for Spring 2014 courses. Having learned my lesson the last time I registered for courses, I decided that this time I would be among the first students to register. No more third-rate classes because all the good ones are full! For this reason, at 12:15 AM, yes, that was early morning 15 minutes after registration opened, I was online and registering for my courses. Many of the available courses were already starting to fill up, and I noticed that the website was much slower than usual due to the increased traffic.
My plan is to transfer to a university with a good physics program after completing the spring 2015 semester here at State College of Florida. With that in mind, I had spent the previous several hours researching the requirements for admission to physics colleges (I’ve done this several times over the past year, by the way). I don’t know which university I’ll transfer to, so there’s a bit of uncertainty involved in selecting prerequisites. To deal with this uncertainty, I decided to model my list of courses after the admission requirements of Florida State University’s Physics College. I don’t know if I’ll end up going to FSU or some other school–I would like to try MIT or Caltech, but I figure if I prepare for FSU, then at least I’m prepared for something. That being said, there’s a good chance that I’ll transfer to FSU because they have what seems to be a decent undergraduate physics program, the instate tuition will be cheap, and my significant other and I would only be four or five hours from her family.
So… FSU’s prerequisites for entering their physics program is essentially the following:
- General Chemistry I and II
- Calculus with Analytical Geometry I, II, and III
- General Physics with Calculus I and II
- Differential Equations
- And the majority of other courses required to receive a B.S. from FSU
With all of that in mind, I built a calendar of courses for the remaining year and a half that I’ll be spending at State College of Florida. Calculus I is now a prerequisite instead of a corequisite for Physics I, which is a pain in my furry rump. I had planned on taking both courses next spring, but that’s out of the question now. My courses for next spring will be Calculus I, Chemistry I, Western Civilization I (history), and Speech Communication. The speech communication course will, of course, be the most difficult of them all. Just the idea of speaking up in a room that contains more than myself usually results in a stuttering, quivering lump of useless flesh that used to be me.