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Physics Associate in Science

The Associate in Science Physics Degree Program offers a secure foundation for further study in physics or engineering. The primary emphasis of the program is to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions as science or engineering majors. Students are asked to consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific requirements.

In addition to the required and elective courses, physics students are expected to attend at least four physics or engineering colloquia in their last semester.

Career Opportunities

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Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program.

  1. Students will apply the fundamental principles of physics to real world or idealized situations.

Associate Degree Major 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 and Elective Requirements