Conceptual Physics and Physical Science
Conceptual introductions to physics or physical science, emphasis is
on topics that lead to a better understanding of our technological
society and physical environment. Both Conceptual Physics and
Conceptual Physical Science were developed by Paul Hewitt an emeritus
professor of Physics at CCSF.
A two semester sequence required of most premedical, biology,
veterinary, physical therapy, and architecture degrees. Trigonometry
is a pre-requisite to the first semester of Physics 2.
Physics 2AC and Physics 2BC are calculus supplements designed to
satisfy the transfer requirements of various medical schools, and the
University of California.
It is strongly recommended that students enroll in the corresponding lab along with the lecture. Nearly all majors and programs require the lecture and lab, so skipping the lab may increase the time required to complete major or program.
Physics 40 and Physics 41 are designed for students who would like to
take the physics 2 series or the physics 4 series, but have never had
a physics class before, or would like a refresher course. Both
classes are transferable to the UC or CSU systems. Typically students
are encouraged to take physics 40 as preparation for the physics 2
series and physics 41 as preparation for the physics 4 series.
Physics 41 is generally taught at a higher math level and includes
some reference to calculus. If you are planning on taking the Physics
4 series but cannot fit PHYC 41 in your schedule it would be
appropriate to take PHYC 40.
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
A four semester sequence required of physics, chemistry, and
engineering majors. CCSF is one a very few Community Colleges able to
offer a full two-year lower division program culminating with a full
semester modern physics lab.
One semester of Calculus is a pre-requisite to begin the Physics 4
sequence. Second semester Calculus is a pre-requisite for the second
semester. Strong students can take the last two semesters
It is strongly recommended that students enroll in the corresponding lab along with the lecture. Nearly all majors and programs require the lecture and lab, so skipping the lab will likely increase the time required to complete your major or program.