Foundations of Physics II (PHY 274E/PHY 274LE)

Foundations of Physics II Lecture (PHY 274E) is an online, self-paced introductory calculus-based physics course. Students make an in-depth study of concepts, principles, and applications of physics drawn from electricity and magnetism (including electric circuits), and areas of classical mechanics more advanced than those covered in Foundations of Physics I (PHY 270E).

Foundations of Physics II Lab (PHY 274LE) is an online, self-paced introductory calculus-based physics course. Students study concepts, principles and applications drawn from mechanics, electricity and magnetism, DC circuits, and ray and wave optics. Emphasis is placed on interpreting and solving problems, and on translating between verbal, pictorial, diagrammatic, symbolic mathematical, and graphical representations. Students develop the solid foundation required for a working knowledge of physics.

After completing the course above, you'll be well-prepared to pursue a degree in fields such as physical therapy.

Prerequisites: Foundations of Physics I (PHY 270/PHY 272L) or equivalent

MCPHS also offers Foundations of Physics I. Please visit our Foundations of Physics I prerequisite course page for more information.

Course Format

Foundations of Physics II Lecture (PHY 274E/PHY 274LE) 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 textbooks:

  • Urone, P., P. & Hinrichs, R. (2012, June 21) College Physics
  • Moebs, W., Ling, S. J., & Sanny, J. (2016, September 16). University Physics Volume 1

A Scientific calculator (with trigonometric functions and scientific notation) and a webcam are 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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"I would highly recommend the Foundations of Physics II course. The course was highly interactive and the professor was caring and responsive."

Sophia | Foundation of Physics II