Physics, Associate in Science for Transfer

This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in Physics.

Physics is a fundamental science and the laws of physics govern the behavior of the world around us. Courses in physics provide students with an opportunity to gain a variety of important skills which are essential for success in today's workforce. These include critical thinking and problem solving skills, verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to collaborate and work effectively and responsibly as a member of a team. All of this is achieved within the context of gaining a thorough understanding of the fundamental laws of physics.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. To prepare students for transfer to the CSU system as physics majors.
  2. To develop critical thinking skills and problems solving techniques for problems in physics.
  3. To learn how to work within a small laboratory group, to record data and report their findings.
  4. To learn how to collaborate and engage in teamwork with a view to achieving a common goal.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern (40 units)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern (37 units)

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of major and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.

Major Requirements - Core

Complete 25 units

MATH 001

Calculus

5

MATH 002

Calculus II

4

MATH 003

Vector Calculus

4

PHYSC 004A

Principles of Physics: Mechanics

4

PHYSC 004B

Principles of Physics: Waves, Sound, and Thermodynamics

4

PHYSC 004C

Principles of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

4

Minimum Major Units Required: 25

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60