Introductory Physics Courses
Stanford offers four introductory physics sequences for a full range of interests, from non-science students to prospective majors. These are:
- the "teen" series: for the humanities or social science student who wishes to become familiar with the content and methodology of modern physics
- the "20" series: an algebra-based sequence for life science and pre-medical students
- the "40" series: a calculus-based sequence for most physical science and engineering students
- the "60"series: for students with signifigcant preparation in physics and calculus
There are several resources to help you decide which sequence is most appropriate for your preparation and interests:
- The introductory sequences are described in the Physics section of ExploreDegrees.
- Detailed course listings may be found in the Physics section of ExploreCourses
- For those trying to determine whether they should take the 40 or 60 series courses, a Placement Diagnostic is offered during New Student Orientation to assist students in determining which course is best suited to their background. Note that it is possible to major in Physics or Engineering Physics taking either the 40 or the 60 series.