The physics major is designed so that students following the physics curriculum need not decide between physics and mathematics majors until registration for the fourth semester.
A maximum of 4 credits in Physical Education 100 or 101 can count towards graduation.
There is no major in physical education (P.E.) at Grinnell, but the department offers many ways for students to be involved: in activity classes, content (theory) courses, and on varsity athletic teams.
It is possible to complete a major in Philosophy without taking a course in Philosophy during the first year.
Most people initially experience music as an “extracurricular” activity—listening to and performing music for fun. Through engagement in the Grinnell Music Department, students learn to take their love of music to the next level: to transform it into a “curricular” activity. With intensive faculty guidance—whether in performance or classroom courses—students develop intellectual skills and a foundation of musical knowledge that enhances and complements their coursework in other areas.
Caution: Mathematics and statistics courses often fill to capacity during first-year registration; many other courses have a math or stats prerequisite.
If a student lists a math or stats course last on the fall registration card, that student will likely be on a waiting list and will have to wait until the spring term to take the course.
First-semester students interested in taking a history class may choose from different sections of History 100. First-semester students are not eligible for any 200-level course. Second-semester students are eligible for a 200-level course in the spring ONLY if they took History 100 in the fall.
Entering students who have previously studied German for three or more years should take the German Department's Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not given at any other time). The department uses the results of the Placement Test to recommend the appropriate starting point for each student. Students with prior German usually place into GRM 221, 310, or 302/303.
Incoming students interested in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies should register for GWS 111. We encourage students interested in majoring in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies to complete GWS 111 within their first three semesters at Grinnell, ideally during their first year, and to meet with a potential faculty adviser to discuss their plan of study.
All entering students who have previously studied French are required to take the French Department's Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not administered at any other time). The department uses the results of the Placement Test to recommend the appropriate starting point for each student.
Neither English literature or language AP nor IB work is equivalent to ENG 120 or 121. Students interested in majoring in English must take one of these intro courses in order to take advanced coursework in this department.