Award: Associate of Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
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The physics program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a Bachelorís degree in general physics or applied physics. Physicists seek to discover and describe the rules governing natural phenomena at all scales, from the sub-nuclear building blocks to the large-scale structure of the universe. They are concerned with the properties, changes and interactions of matter, energy and other physical phenomena. They conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories and laws, and devise methods of applying the laws of physics to industry, medicine and other fields. Physicists may specialize in several areas such as astrophysics, bio- and medical physics, quantum physics, solid state physics, nuclear physics, acoustical physics, fluid and plasma physics, and education.

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Sciences Degree, Option in Arts and Sciences, Physics, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain and apply the fundamental principles of physics.
  2. Perform laboratory experiments and projects (collect, report and analyze data) by applying theoretical concepts and the scientific method.
  3. Demonstrate safe laboratory skills.
  4. Recognize and discuss the ethical issues in the discipline.
  5. Locate, identify, evaluate and use scientific information effectively.
  6. Apply computational skills in reasoning, estimation, problem-solving, and analysis.
  7. Use appropriate grammatical forms in both oral and written formats to effectively communicate ideas and concepts.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, the student should consult an advisor for academic guidance and other curriculum options to follow such as General Studies.

This program provides the first two years of a Bachelorís degree in physics. Scientific research and development services firms and the Federal Government employ three out of five physicists. Employment opportunities are more numerous for those with an advanced degree, particularly graduates from programs preparing them for applied research and development, product design, and manufacturing positions in the industry. Despite keen competition for traditional physics positions, individuals with a physics degree at any level will find their skills useful for entry into many other occupations that involve problem solving using scientific methods.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101English Composition 3
MATH 203Calculus I 4
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total14
Second Semester Credits
CHEM 112General Chemistry II A 4
MATH 204Calculus II 4
PHYS 203General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
General Elective */** 3
 Semester Total17
Third Semester   Credits
MATH 208Elementary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 204General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism 4
CIS Elective 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total13
Fourth Semester Credits
MATH 206Calculus III 4
MATH 217Linear Algebra 4
PHYS 205General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light Relativity and Modern Physics 4
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Physical Education Elective1
 Semester Total16

* The general elective should be chosen to satisfy requirements of the institution to which transfer is planned. ENG 109 (English Composition: Research Writing) is recommended.
** It is recommended that students take PHYS 200 concurrent with PHYS 203.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.