Summer Physics

The dates for Summer Physics in 2021 are:

  • General Physics I May 10-June 4, 2021 
  • General Physics II June 7-July 2, 2021

Summer Physics will be offered entirely remote, including lab. Depending on your location, a lab kit will either be personally delivered to you or shipped to you.

The early bird tuition rate is $900/credit. You can receive this rate if you complete registration by April 1. If you register after April 1, the tuition rate is $950. The lab fee this summer is $190 per course, and the general fee is $160.

Daily schedule

Mornings MTWRF Lecture and quizzes (via LearningHub, asynchronous)
Afternoons MTWR 13:00-18:0 EDT Labs and small-group learning (via Zoom, synchronous)
Friday morning Lecture (asynchronous) and weekly exam, time TBA (synchronous)

Note that the schedules for MTWR afternoons and Friday morning exam times are fixed. If you are in a time zone where you can't make those times work well for you, you should plan on taking General Physics during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Information for guest students

Step 1: Apply

If you are not already enrolled as a student at Andrews University, you must first apply to Andrews University as a guest student. Registration for summer 2021 courses begins on February 8. If you have applied as a guest student and been accepted by February 8, you will be ready to register for the course on February 8.

Step 2: Arrange for a prerequisite override

Once you've been accepted as a guest student, arrange for a prerequisite override.

Note that any of the following fulfill the prerequisite requirement for General Physics:

  • Math Placement Exam score ≥4
  • ACT Math ≥24
  • SAT Math ≥570
  • MATH 167 Precalculus Trigonometry or MATH 168 Precalculus (or an equivalent)

Send an email to Tiffany Summerscales, the professor of PHYS 141 General Physics I and PHYS 142 General Physics II. Include your AU ID number and information on which prequisite you meet, and she can enter a prerequisite override so that your registration can be completed.

Step 3: Register

Once the prerequisite override has been granted, you will be able to register.


Can I work or take another class concurrently?

It is not recommended. We know you want to learn well, and each day in this intensive is roughly equivalent to a week in a regular semester.

Is there class/lab/SGL on Memorial Day?

No. Memorial Day is a national and Summer Physics holiday.

Can I take the final a day or two early? I have a wedding/summer camp job/other important thing that conflicts with the last week of the class.
It might be possible to take the final exam on the last Thursday afternoon of class instead of Friday morning. It would not be possible to take it any earlier than that because there would be class/lab/etc that would be missed.  The professor advises against taking the final on Thursday afternoon because that will significantly decrease the amount of time for studying and will likely decrease the final exam grade.

Summer Physics in 2022

The tentative dates for Summer Physics in 2022 are:

  • General Physics I: May 9-June 3, 2022
  • General Physics II: June 6-July 1, 2022