Academic Catalog


Physics Associate in Science

Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy in the universe. The curriculum is designed to provide students working toward a bachelor’s degree a well-balanced, lower division program by emphasizing fundamental concepts and problem solving. The degree requirements are typical of what four-year colleges and universities require; see for requirements of specific transfer institution.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Draw scientific conclusions about simple and complex systems by collecting, assessing, and analyzing information.
  • Communicate technical ideas in group and professional settings in both written and oral form.

Career Opportunities

College or University Professor1
Data Scientist1
Engineer or Programmer1
Government Laboratory Scientist1
High School Physics Teacher1
Industry Consultant1
Medical Physicist1
Private Sector Research and Development Scientist1
Sales and Marketing Consultant1


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

CHEM-141General Chemistry I5
CHEM-142General Chemistry II5
MATH-180Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH-280Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH-281Multivariable Calculus4
PHYC-201Mechanics and Waves5
PHYC-202Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat5
PHYC-203Light, Optics, and Modern Physics5
Total Units38

Plus General Education Requirements