Physics Courses

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.

Introductory Physics

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. First and second semesters of Calculus are  co-requisites of Physics 2AC and Physics 2BC respectively.

The lab classes are co-requisites of their corresponding lectures and are required for transfer in almost all cases.  Contact the department chair if you believe you may be an exception.

Preparatory Physics

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 may be allowed to take the last two semesters concurrently.

Lab classes are co-requisites of their corresponding lecture and a required component for transfer in almost all cases.  Contact the department chair if you believe you may be an exception.