Associate of Science in Physics
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.
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 5
MATH 110B Calculus II 5
MATH 110C Calculus III 5
General Education 18-24*
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.