## Pre-Med Preparation

**Want to polish your transcript and prepare for a future that includes medical school? The Pre-Med Preparation focus area is a good option for your summer course load. **

Summer pre-med courses are perfect if you’re either in a pre-med program or are entering one in the fall. If you are planning to start a pre-med program in the fall, use your summer to take preparatory coursework in Chemistry, Physics, Math, or take an elective to enhance your studies.

*Chemistry Department Note:* Lab fees, paid at the time of registration, cover the costs of nonreturnable items, chemicals, and reasonable breakage. In addition, students may be charged for excessive breakage, returning equipment uncleaned, or late check-out. Students must present lab fee receipt at the first laboratory meeting.

**Summer 2020 Session Info **

Choose from one to two courses per session, for a total of up to four courses during the summer term.

- Session 1 (D) courses are May 26 - July 2
- Session 2 (Q) courses are July 6 - August 14

To request a syllabus, please contact the Summer Sessions office at summersessions@columbia.edu.

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information.

**Choose up to four classes (12 points) from the following list:**

##### Courses

Expand All**Basic Preparatory Coursework**

###### Preparation for College Chemistry

###### CHEM S0001D 0 points.

Prerequisites: High school algebra or the instructor's permission. Recommended: high school physics and chemistry. This course is preparation for CHEM UN1403 General Chemistry I Lecture or the equivalent, as well as for other science courses. It is intended for students who have not attended school for sometime or who do not have a firm grasp of high school chemistry. Topics include inorganic nomenclature, chemical reactions, chemical bonding and its relation to molecular structure, stoichiometry, periodic properties of elements, chemical equilibrium, gas laws, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Please note that students must attend a recitation section.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S0001 | 1/10003 | MTWR 6:10pm-7:50pm ONLINE |
Luis A Avila | 0 | n/a |

###### Basic Math

###### MATH S0065D 0 points.

Designed for students who have not attended school for some time or who do not have a firm grasp of high school mathematics. Recommended as a prerequisite for MATH S1003. Negative numbers, fractions, decimal notation, percentages, powers and roots, scientific notation, introduction to algebra, linear and quadratic equations, Pythagorean theorem, coordinates and graphs.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

MATH S0065 | 1/10108 | MTWR 4:30pm-6:05pm ONLINE |
Lindsay C Piechnik | 0 | n/a |

###### College Algebra and Analytical Geometry

###### MATH S1003Q 3 points.

Prerequisites: Mathematics score of 550 on the SAT exam, taken within the past year. Recommended: MATH S0065. Algebra review, graphs and functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, conic sections, systems of equations in two variables, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and trigonometric identities, applications of trigonometry, sequences, series, and limits.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
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MATH S1003 | 1/10109 | MTWR 10:00am-12:25pm ONLINE |
Penka Marinova | 3 | n/a |

###### Basic Physics

###### PHYS S0065Q 0 points.

Prerequisites: high school mathematics, but not calculus. Basic Physics serves as preparation for General Physics 1201-1202 and is intended for those students who do not have a solid foundation in high school physics or who have been away from school for several years. The course will provide an introduction to the basic concepts and fundamental laws of physics, focusing on mechanics, together with a review of the mathematical techniques needed for problem-solving.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S0065 | 1/10142 | TR 4:30pm-6:05pm ONLINE |
Jeremy R Dodd | 0 | n/a |

**Chemistry**

###### General Chemistry I

###### CHEM S1403D 4 points.

Prerequisites: high school chemistry and algebra, CHEM S0001, or the department's permission. Topics include stoichiometry, states of matter, nuclear properties, electronic structures of atoms, periodic properties, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, introduction to quantum mechanics and atomic theory, introduction to organic, biological chemistry and inorganic coordination chemistry. Topical subjects may include spectroscopy, solid state and materials science, polymer science and macromolecular structures. The order of presentation of topics may differ from the order presented here. Students are required to attend the separate daily morning recitations which accompany the lectures (total time block: MTWR 9:30-12:20). Registering for CHEM S1403D will automatically register students for the recitation section. Students who wish to take the full sequence of General Chemistry Lectures and General Chemistry Laboratory should also register for CHEM S1404Q and CHEM S1500X (see below). This course is equivalent to CHEM W1403 General Chemistry I Lecture.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S1403 | 1/10004 | MTWR 9:30am-12:20pm ONLINE |
Jason G Polisar | 4 | n/a |

###### General Chemistry II

###### CHEM S1404X 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM S1403 General Chemistry I Lecture or the equivalent. Topics include gases, kinetic theory of gases, states of matter: liquids and solids, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, applications of equilibria, thermochemistry and spontaneous processes (energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy) as well as chemical kinetics and electrochemistry. The order of presentation of topics may differ from the order presented here. Students must also attend the daily morning recitations which accompany the lectures (total time block: MTWR 9:30-12:20). Registering for CHEM S1404Q will automatically register students for the recitation section. The continuation of CHEM S1403D General Chemistry I Lecture. Students who wish to take the full sequence of General Chemistry Lectures and General Chemistry Laboratory should also register for CHEM S1403D and CHEM S1500X (see below). This course is equivalent to CHEM UN1404 General Chemistry II Lecture.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S1404 | 1/10005 | TR 6:10pm-7:35pm ONLINE |
Ruben M Savizky | 4 | n/a |

###### General Chemistry II

###### CHEM S1404Q 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM S1403 General Chemistry I Lecture or the equivalent. Topics include gases, kinetic theory of gases, states of matter: liquids and solids, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, applications of equilibria, thermochemistry and spontaneous processes (energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy) as well as chemical kinetics and electrochemistry. The order of presentation of topics may differ from the order presented here. Students must also attend the daily morning recitations which accompany the lectures (total time block: MTWR 9:30-12:20). Registering for CHEM S1404Q will automatically register students for the recitation section. The continuation of CHEM S1403D General Chemistry I Lecture. Students who wish to take the full sequence of General Chemistry Lectures and General Chemistry Laboratory should also register for CHEM S1403D and CHEM S1500X (see below). This course is equivalent to CHEM UN1404 General Chemistry II Lecture.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S1404 | 1/10006 | MTWR 9:30am-12:20pm ONLINE |
Jason G Polisar | 4 | n/a |

###### Organic Chemistry I

###### CHEM S2443D 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM S1403 General Chemistry I Lecture, CHEM S1404 General Chemistry II Lecture and CHEM S1500 General Chemistry Lab or their equivalents taken within the previous five years. Principles of organic chemistry. The structure and reactivity of organic molecules from the standpoint of modern theories of chemistry. Stereochemistry, reactions of organic molecules, mechanisms of organic reactions, syntheses and degradations of organic molecules, spectroscopic techniques of structure determination. Please note that students must attend a recitation for this class. Students who wish to take the full organic chemistry lecture sequence and laboratory should also register for CHEM S2444Q Organic Chemistry II Lecture and CHEM S2543Q Organic Chemistry Lab (see below). This course is equivalent to CHEM UN2443 Organic Chemistry I Lecture.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S2443 | 1/10015 | MTWR 9:30am-12:20pm ONLINE |
Talha Siddiqui | 4 | n/a |

###### Organic Chemistry II

###### CHEM S2444Q 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM S2443D Organic Chemistry I Lecture or the equivalent. The principles of organic chemistry. The structure and reactivity of organic molecules are examined from the standpoint of modern theories of chemistry. Topics include stereochemistry, reactions of organic molecules, mechanisms of organic reactions, syntheses and degradations of organic molecules, and spectroscopic techniques of structure determination. This course is a continuation of CHEM S2443D Organic Chemistry I Lecture. Please note that students must attend a recitation for this class. Students who wish to take the full organic chemistry lecture sequence and laboratory should also register for CHEM S2443D Organic Chemistry I Lecture and CHEM S2543Q Organic Chemistry Lab - see below. This course is equivalent to CHEM UN2444 Organic Chemistry II Lecture.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S2444 | 1/10016 | MTWR 9:30am-12:20pm ONLINE |
Talha Siddiqui | 4 | n/a |

###### General Chemistry - Labs

###### CHEM S1500X 3 points.

Introduction to basic experimental techniques in chemistry, including quantitative procedures, chemical analysis, and descriptive chemistry. To be enrolled in CHEM S1500D you must also register for CHEM S1501D Lab Lecture MW 1:00pm-2:15pm.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S1500 | 1/10010 | T 1:10pm-4:50pm ONLINE |
Joseph C Ulichny | 3 | n/a |

###### General Chemistry - Labs

###### CHEM S1500X 3 points.

Introduction to basic experimental techniques in chemistry, including quantitative procedures, chemical analysis, and descriptive chemistry. To be enrolled in CHEM S1500D you must also register for CHEM S1501D Lab Lecture MW 1:00pm-2:15pm.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S1500 | 2/10011 | W 1:10pm-4:50pm ONLINE |
Joseph C Ulichny | 3 | n/a |

###### General Chemistry - Labs

###### CHEM S1500X 3 points.

Introduction to basic experimental techniques in chemistry, including quantitative procedures, chemical analysis, and descriptive chemistry. To be enrolled in CHEM S1500D you must also register for CHEM S1501D Lab Lecture MW 1:00pm-2:15pm.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S1500 | 3/10012 | R 1:10pm-4:50pm ONLINE |
Joseph C Ulichny | 3 | n/a |

###### General Chemistry - Labs

###### CHEM S1500X 3 points.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S1500 | 4/10013 | F 1:10pm-4:50pm ONLINE |
Joseph C Ulichny | 3 | n/a |

###### Organic Chemistry - Labs

###### CHEM S2543Q 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM UN1500 General Chemistry Lab, CHEM UN2443 Organic Chemistry I - Lecture. Techniques of experimental organic chemistry, with emphasis on understanding fundamental principles underlying the experiments in methodology of solving laboratory problems involving organic molecules. Attendance at the first laboratory session is mandatory. Please note that you must complete CHEM UN2443 Organic Chemistry I Lecture or the equivalent to register for this lab course. This course is equivalent to CHEM UN2543 Organic Chemistry Laboratory.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S2543 | 1/10017 | MW 1:00pm-6:00pm ONLINE |
3 | n/a |

###### Organic Chemistry - Labs

###### CHEM S2543Q 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM UN1500 General Chemistry Lab, CHEM UN2443 Organic Chemistry I - Lecture. Techniques of experimental organic chemistry, with emphasis on understanding fundamental principles underlying the experiments in methodology of solving laboratory problems involving organic molecules. Attendance at the first laboratory session is mandatory. Please note that you must complete CHEM UN2443 Organic Chemistry I Lecture or the equivalent to register for this lab course. This course is equivalent to CHEM UN2543 Organic Chemistry Laboratory.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CHEM S2543 | 2/10018 | TR 1:00pm-6:00pm ONLINE |
3 | n/a |

**Mathematics**

###### Calculus I

###### MATH S1101D 3 points.

Prerequisites: high school mathematics through trigonometry or MATH S1003, or the equivalent. Functions, limits, derivatives, introduction to integrals.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

MATH S1101 | 1/10110 | MTWR 4:30pm-6:05pm ONLINE |
Noah B Olander | 3 | n/a |

###### Calculus I

###### MATH S1101Q 3 points.

Prerequisites: high school mathematics through trigonometry or MATH S1003, or the equivalent. Functions, limits, derivatives, introduction to integrals.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

MATH S1101 | 2/10111 | MTWR 10:45am-12:20pm ONLINE |
Tomasz Owsiak | 3 | n/a |

###### Calculus I

###### MATH S1101X 3 points.

Prerequisites: high school mathematics through trigonometry or MATH S1003, or the equivalent. Functions, limits, derivatives, introduction to integrals.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

MATH S1101 | 3/10112 | MW 4:30pm-6:05pm ONLINE |
Alexander R Casti | 3 | n/a |

**Statistics**

###### Introduction to Statistics

###### STAT S1101D 3 points.

Prerequisites: some high school algebra. Designed for students in fields that emphasize quantitative methods. This course satisfies the statistics requirements of all majors except statistics, economics, and engineering. Graphical and numerical summaries, probability, theory of sampling distributions, linear regression, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing are taught as aids to quantitative reasoning and data analysis. Use of statistical software required. Illustrations are taken from a variety of fields. Data-collection/analysis project with emphasis on study designs is part of the coursework requirement.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

STAT S1101 | 1/10280 | MTWR 10:45am-12:20pm ONLINE |
Anthony Donoghue | 3 | n/a |

###### Introduction to Statistics

###### STAT S1101Q 3 points.

Prerequisites: some high school algebra. Designed for students in fields that emphasize quantitative methods. This course satisfies the statistics requirements of all majors except statistics, economics, and engineering. Graphical and numerical summaries, probability, theory of sampling distributions, linear regression, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing are taught as aids to quantitative reasoning and data analysis. Use of statistical software required. Illustrations are taken from a variety of fields. Data-collection/analysis project with emphasis on study designs is part of the coursework requirement.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

STAT S1101 | 2/10281 | MTWR 6:15pm-7:50pm ONLINE |
Ji Meng Loh | 3 | n/a |

**Physics**

###### General Physics I

###### PHYS S1201D 3 points.

Prerequisites: this course uses elementary concepts from calculus, and students should therefore have some basic background in differentiation and integration. Assignments to discussion sections are made after the first lecture. Basic introduction to the study of mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics. The accompanying laboratory is PHYS S1291D. NOTE: There are two recitation sessions that meet for one hour each week. The recitation times will be selected at the first class meeting.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1201 | 1/10143 | MTWR 9:00 AM-10:15 AM ONLINE |
Burton Budick | 3 | n/a |

###### General Physics II

###### PHYS S1202X 3 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS S1201 or the equivalent. This course uses elementary concepts from calculus, and students should therefore have some basic background in differentiation and integration. The same course as PHYS S1202X, but given in a six-week session. Assignments to discussion sections are made after the first lecture. Basic introduction to the study of electricity, magnetism, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. The accompanying laboratory is PHYS S1292Q. NOTE: There are two recitation sessions that meet for one hour each week. The recitation times will be selected at the first class meeting.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1202 | 1/10144 | MW 6:00 PM-7:25 PM ONLINE |
Eric Raymer | 3 | n/a |

###### General Physics II

###### PHYS S1202Q 3 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS S1201 or the equivalent. This course uses elementary concepts from calculus, and students should therefore have some basic background in differentiation and integration. The same course as PHYS S1202X, but given in a six-week session. Assignments to discussion sections are made after the first lecture. Basic introduction to the study of electricity, magnetism, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. The accompanying laboratory is PHYS S1292Q. NOTE: There are two recitation sessions that meet for one hour each week. The recitation times will be selected at the first class meeting.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1202 | 2/10145 | MTWR 9:00 AM-10:15 AM ONLINE |
Jeremy R Dodd | 3 | n/a |

###### General Physics I Lab

###### PHYS S1291D 1 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS S1201. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS S1201D. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture, offered Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 10.30AM-1.30PM.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1291 | 1/10146 | MW 10:30 AM-1:30 PM ONLINE |
1 | n/a |

###### General Physics I Lab

###### PHYS S1291D 1 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS S1201. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS S1201D. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture, offered Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 10.30AM-1.30PM.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1291 | 2/10147 | TR 10:30 AM-1:30 PM ONLINE |
1 | n/a |

###### General Physics II Lab

###### PHYS S1292X 1 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS S1202Q. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture, offered Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 10.30AM-1.30PM.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1292 | 1/10148 | M 1:00 PM-4:00 PM ONLINE |
1 | n/a |

###### General Physics II Lab

###### PHYS S1292X 1 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS S1202Q. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture, offered Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 10.30AM-1.30PM.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1292 | 2/10149 | T 1:00 PM-4:00 PM ONLINE |
1 | n/a |

###### General Physics II Lab

###### PHYS S1292X 1 points.

Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS S1202Q. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture, offered Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 10.30AM-1.30PM.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1292 | 3/10150 | W 1:00 PM-4:00 PM ONLINE |
1 | n/a |

###### General Physics II Lab

###### PHYS S1292X 1 points.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1292 | 4/10151 | R 1:00 PM-4:00 PM ONLINE |
1 | n/a |

###### General Physics II Lab

###### PHYS S1292Q 1 points.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1292 | 5/10152 | MW 10:30 AM-1:30 PM ONLINE |
1 | n/a |

###### General Physics II Lab

###### PHYS S1292Q 1 points.

Course Number |
Section/Call Number |
Times/Location | Instructor | Points | Enrollment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

PHYS S1292 | 6/10153 | TR 10:30 AM-1:30 PM ONLINE |
1 | n/a |

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