Associate of Science for Transfer Degree in Physics

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree (AS-T in Physics) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Physics. Students who complete the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree (AS-T in Physics) will be able to communicate orally and in writing core physical principles, the results of experiments, and their analysis of physical problems; set up an experiment, collect and analyze data, identify sources of errors, and interpret results; use basic software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphing programs; identify the essential aspects of a problem and formulate a strategy for solving the problem; and estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of their solution, interpret their result and connect it to related areas of physics.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

Required Core Courses

Course Name Course Title Units
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics – Mechanics 5 units
PHYS 4B Engineering Physics - Electricity and Magnetism 5 units
PHYS 4C Engineering Physics-Light, Heat and Waves 5 units
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5 units
MATH 3B Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5 units
MATH 4A Intermediate Calculus 5 units
Total Major Units 30 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC) 37-39 units
Total Degree Units 60 units

Associate of Science Degree in Physics, Applied Physics, and Geophysics

After completing an A.S. degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Geophysics, a student will be able to:

  • Communicate orally and in writing core physical principles, the results of experiments, and their analysis of physical problems
  • Set up an experiment, collect and analyze data, identify sources of error, and interpret results
  • Use basic software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphing programs
  • Identify the essential aspects of a problem and formulate a strategy for solving the problem
  • Estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of their solution, interpret their result and connect it to related areas of physics

Required Core Courses

Course Name Course Title Units
ENGR 21 Intro to Computing for Scientists and Engineers
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytic Geometry
MATH 3B Calculus and Analytic Geometry
MATH 4A Intermediate Calculus
MATH 4B Differential Equations
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics-Mechanics
PHYS 4B Engineering Physics - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 4C Engineering Physics-Light, Heat and Waves
Total Major Units 36 units

To be awarded an A.S. degree, a student must complete:

  1. All the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

The student should choose those general education requirements which may apply both toward graduation requirements of the college and toward the bachelor’s degree requirements at the four year institution to which he/she plans to transfer.

Geophysics majors should take GEOL 1A (Physical Geology) and GEOL 1B (Historical Geology).

last published: 5/22/18