Foundations of Physics I (PHY 270E/PHY 272LE)

Foundations of Physics I (PHY 270E/PHY 272LE) is an online course with both laboratory and lecture components. You’ll experience a calculus-based-in-depth introduction to kinematics, Newton’s laws, and application. This self-paced course will prepare you to pursue degrees in numerous healthcare disciplines, including pharmacy, optometry, and physical therapy.

Prerequisites: Calculus I (MAT 151) or equivalent

MCPHS also offers Calculus I (MAT 151). Please visit our Calculus I (MAT 151) prerequisite course page for more information.

Course Format

Foundations of Physics I (PHY 270E/PHY 272LE) is an online, asynchronous, self-paced course that includes both a 3-credit lecture session and a 1-credit laboratory session. This course does not have specific meeting times or deadlines. You will complete your assignments on your schedule over 16 weeks using Blackboard, an online learning platform. You will also have the support of an instructor, as well as 24/7 online tutoring as you progress through the coursework. After completing this course, you will receive a final letter grade and be able to request an official transcript from our Registrar’s Office. Please note: Students can register for the lecture, the lab, or both. Registration is separate for each of these courses.

Course Cost

Courses run at a rate of $500 per credit hour. The School of Professional Studies offers reduced tuition options to new MCPHS students.

Students who have not previously taken coursework at MCPHS are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for one course. Please complete the discount code form to receive the discount code.

Degree applicants who have been admitted to a degree program and paid their enrollment deposit are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for any prerequisite course that the Admission Office has indicated must be completed before starting the degree program. Please contact the Admission Office at 617.879.5964 (Boston), 508.373.5607 (Worcester), or 603.314.1701 (Manchester) for more information.

Create your account and begin the registration process.


MCPHS is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

This course requires the following free online textbook:

Moebs, W., Ling, S. J., & Sanny, J. (2016, September 16). University Physics Volume 1

A Scientific calculator (with trigonometric functions and scientific notation) is also required.

Students can receive a full tuition refund if they drop a course within five business days of registering. Course changes will also be allowed during this five-day window.

After the five-day window closes (and up until the course's completion date), students may choose to withdraw from the course without a refund. This would result in a "W" on their student record.

Students should use a computer to interact with the course content rather than a mobile device, iPad, or Tablet. Please confirm you have the minimum computer specifications by reviewing the technology requirements for MCPHS before registering for your course.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have all the required resources needed to access the course material and software.


How to Register

Once you’ve selected your course of interest and are ready to register, all that’s left is to create your account and pay the tuition fees. You'll be asked to create a username and password, provide some basic personal information, and pay the course's tuition. You’ll receive access to your course within two business days of paying tuition.
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"The foundations of physics courses were highly engaging, relatable, and fun. The instructor challenged me to think differently and sparked my curiosity."

Parand | Foundations of Physics I and II