I haven't gotten any knowledge of physics. I didn't have the opportunity to take it during my high school due to the biology state exam. Will it hurt to take it this semester? Will the calculus based physics be taught the same as general physics (non-calculus based)? If this isn't a good idea, I could just take a social science class. My physics classes are taught different. I need calculus 1 to take engineer physics, but unfortunately I have to wait until spring of 2017 to take the course . I'm applying to Penn State this fall as a transfer applicant. My goal is to transfer and take the calculus- based physics at penn state that way I don't have to wait a year to just take one course. General Physics This non-calculus Physics course for technology, business administration, computer science, and liberal arts and sciences students covers topics in mechanics, wave motion, and heat. Engineer physics: This is a calculus-based physics course for mathematics, physics, and engineering students. Topics include translational motion, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum and impulse, rotational kinematics, rigid body motion, gravitation, vibrational motion, wave motion, and acoustics.