This department is in the division of Science.

Physics

Physics is a fundamental science. It is concerned with finding and using the rules that govern everything—from the smallest pieces of the atom to the various collections of atoms—molecules, balls, planets, stars, and more—that compose the myriad contents of the universe.

Overview

Students majoring in physics will be rewarded on the personal level with a deep understanding of the world around us. On a professional level, physicists find a variety of employment opportunities which are relatively free of ethnic and gender bias, pay well, reward creativity, and are just plain fun.

Physics courses are offered to meet the student's diverse needs: (1) an introductory course which is descriptive and uses little mathematics provides an overview of physics for Liberal Arts and Science majors; (2) Physics for the Life Sciences presents physics in sufficient depth for students whose careers in life sciences and related fields will require a physics background with some experience with calculus and (3) PHYSIC 200, 201 and 210 provide a rigorous development of physics using calculus to prepare students for further studies in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in either physics or astronomy should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

Resources of Interest:

Society of Physics Students - This is an association for anyone interested in Physics

American Institute of Physics - This site provides a myriad of physics-related information.

DOD Scholarship Information

Degrees/Certificates

Physics A.S. Degree Major

To graduate with a specialization in Physics, students must complete the following required courses plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate Degree (minimum total = 60 units).

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
PHYSIC 202 Physics I 4
PHYSIC 203 Physics II 4
PHYSIC 204 Physics III 4
PHYSIC 210 Modern Physics 4
MATH 250 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 251 Single Variable Calculus II 4
MATH 252 Multivariable Calculus 5
 
RECOMMENDED COURSES: Units
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I 5
  or
CHEM 150H General Chemistry I - Honors 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry II 5
  or
CHEM 151H General Chemistry II - Honors 5
 
Units
 
Units
 
Total Units 29
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Transfer to an accredited university as a junior with a major in physics or a physics-related major
  2. Integrate physical concepts and principles to other science disciplines
  3. Develop a world view that incorporates the role of physics in modern society
  4. Solve work-related problems by employing physical concepts to formulate and solve representative physical models
  5. Apply physical knowledge and skills required in securing and maintaining employment
  6. Demonstrate a proficiency in standard physics laboratory techniques commonly acquired in lower-division coursework

Physics AS-T Transfer Degree, AS-T

The Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T) in Physics provides students with a deep understanding of the world around them through the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440). The law states that students will have guaranteed admission to a California State University (CSU) campus upon successful completion of the specified program requirements. This degree provides students with transfer preparation and pre-professional training. The AS-T in Physics explores with finding and using the rules that govern everything—from the smallest pieces of the atom to the various collections of atoms—molecules, balls, planets, stars, and more---that compose the myriad contents of the universe. Students should consult with a counselor to determine whether this degree is the best option for their transfer goals.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Art for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn this AS-T degree, students must complete the following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements:

  • completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;
  • completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and 
  • certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.

It is highly recommended that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.

Students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and major in Physics should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES: Units
MATH 250 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 251 Single Variable Calculus II 4
MATH 252 Multivariable Calculus 5
PHYSIC 202 Physics I 4
PHYSIC 203 Physics II 4
PHYSIC 204 Physics III 4
 
RECOMMENDED COURSES: Units
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I 5
  or
CHEM 150H General Chemistry I - Honors 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry II 5
  or
CHEM 151H General Chemistry II - Honors 5
CS 190 Programming in C++ 4
MATH 265 Linear Algebra 4
MATH 266 Ordinary Differential Equations 4
PHYSIC 210 Modern Physics 4
 
MAJOR TOTAL: 25 Units
 
Total units that may be double counted: 7 Units
 
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU requirements: 37-39 Units
 
CSU electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 0-3 Units
 
Total Units 60
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
A. Transfer to an accredited university as a junior with a major in physics or a physics-related major
B. Integrate physical concepts and principles to other science disciplines
C. Develop a world view that incorporates the role of physics in modern society
D. Solve work-related problems by employing physical concepts to formulate and solve representative physical models
E. Apply physical knowledge and skills required in securing and maintaining employment
F. Demonstrate a proficiency in standard physics laboratory techniques commonly acquired in lower-division coursework

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