Associate of Science in Physics

The deadline to apply for graduation in Spring 2013, is February 28.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Physics Department at City College of San Francisco is one of the first departments formed by the College. The department serves students interested in satisfying general education requirements, as preparation for the Diagnostic Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy programs, and lower division physics coursework in preparation for transfer to the university to pursue majors in physics, astrophysics, astronomy, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, materials science and engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, civil engineering and operations research, bioengineering, integrative biology, molecular environmental biology, molecular and cell biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, chemical biology, earth and planetary science, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and architecture.

The Associate in Science in Physics 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 research, engineering, and education. A physics degree is also a respected preparation for postgraduate studies in medical, business, and law school due to the prevalence of technology in our society. 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.