I think they're referring to non-calculus based physics. I took the calculus based class with all the engineers because I'm an overachiever, but for the most part I don't think it matters. Unless they specify the calculus based physics, I would assume otherwise.
I'm pretty sure it can be either one, because different majors require different physics. It would be unfair to allow only one type of physics right?
It's either one. I personally took algebra- based first physics and calculus- based second, and I have to admit, use of calculus makes everything fall into places and certainly makes more sense. I don't like physics as is, but teh second one was easier on my emotional well- being : )