Physics A.S. (PHYS)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

The Physics program is intended for students who plan to transfer in the following areas: Astronomy, Biophysics, Engineering, Geology, Medicine, Meteorology, Physics, or related areas.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • understand concepts, law, and principles of natural science and apply them to the solution of problems.
  • demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving abilities.
  • demonstrate good experimental techniques including making observations and measurements, constructing a hypothesis and designing an experiment to test it, and analyzing and interpreting experimental results.
  • demonstrate effective communication skills including the writing of laboratory reports based on experiments.
  • demonstrate effective teamwork and work ethics through group laboratory projects.
  • demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical skills to the level of at least calculus.
  • demonstrate an ability to work with computers including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • demonstrate competency in use of the international system of units.
  • demonstrate effective library research skills.
  • have a general education base for the social sciences and humanities.
  • have a foundation for continuing learning and the competencies necessary to solve new problems as they arise.
  • have a background sufficient to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

Transfer information for this program is on file in the Transfer Center. For more information, contact an academic advisor or counselor.

First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
CHE 111 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
MAT 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
Elective* Social Science 3
Elective Humanities 3
Semester Total 17
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
CHE 112 General Chemistry II 4
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature 3
MAT 196 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
PHY 210 General Physics I 5
Semester Total 16
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
EGR 213 Statics 3
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature 3
BIO 110 General Biology I 4
MAT 201 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 4
PHY 215 General Physics II 5
Semester Total 17
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 111 Speech 3
BIO 111 General Biology II 4
Elective** Humanities 3
Elective Math/Science (MAT 230 Recommended) 3-5
Elective* Social Science 3
Semester Total 15-17
Credit Total 65

*Social Science Electives must be chosen from the following list: ECO 201, ECO 202, PSC 141, PSY 140, PSY 145, PSY 240, PSY 242, SOC 150, SOC 151, SOC 258.

**Humanities Electives must be chosen from the following list: ART 101, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 205, ENG 206, ENG 210, ENG 211, FRN 105, FRN 106, GRM 105, GRM 106, HIS 123, HIS 124, HIS 130, HIS 131, MUS 101, PHI 201, PHI 205, SPN 105, SPN 106.