Associate of Science in Physics for Transfer

The deadline to apply for graduation in Spring 2014, is February 28.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Associate of Science in Physics for Transfer provides a
broad background in fundamental physics through introductory course work with a full complement of laboratory courses. Physics graduates are prepared to transfer to California State University, University of California, and other universities for career paths in high tech industries, education, management consulting, medicine, and law. Physics majors develop strong mathematical, analytical, and laboratory skills, and a solid understanding of the fundamental physical laws that govern the universe.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply the principles of mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, waves, optics, and modern physics to theoretical problems as well as to experimental applications.
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills including how to take and analyze data, keep an organized lab book, and write a lab report.
  • Apply mathematics through multivariable calculus to solve physics problems.
  • Transfer to a 4-year degree in physics.

Required Courses

Course                                                                                   Units
PHYC 4A Physics for Scientists and Engineers                            3
PHYC 4AL Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers           1
PHYC 4B Physics for Scientists and Engineers                            3
PHYC 4BL Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers           1
PHYC 4C Physics for Scientists and Engineers                            3
PHYC 4CL Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers           1
PHYC 4D Physics for Scientists and Engineers                            3
PHYC 4DL Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers           1
MATH 110A Calculus I                                                            4
MATH 110B Calculus II                                                           4
MATH 110C Calculus III                                                          4
Subtotal                                                                             28

General Education                                                          18-24*
Electives:                                                                        8-14

Total Units                                                                         60

* Note: Students completing the major requirement will be able to apply six of the units from the major towards the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Students who wish to earn the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer (AS-T) must complete 60 CSU transferable units with at least a 2.0 grade point average. This must include the units required for full completion of the IGETC or CSU GE curriculum and the 28 units for the major as specified below. Each course in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Courses used to meet the major requirement may also be used to meet IGETC or CSU GE requirements.