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Physics

Award Type: Associate in Arts

The associate degree program in physics prepares students to begin upper-division work leading to a baccalaureate degree in physics or engineering physics. It also provides some of the support courses required for the baccalaureate degree.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Physics will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental laws of Physics and physical terminology.
  • Apply physical principles to solve a variety of simple problems.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of physical apparatus for testing and observing physical theories.
  • Write Scientific reports on a given experiment indicating the significance of the experiment and the degree to which the results verify a principle or law.
  • Analyze complex problems to identify single principle components, and synthesize solutions from multiple concepts.

Program Requirements

A major of 30 units is required for the associate in arts degree. Required core courses (30 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 150 General Chemistry 1 5.0
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 2 5.0
MATH 181 Calculus 1 4.0
MATH 182 Calculus 2 4.0
PHYS 161 Engineering Physics 1 4.0
PHYS 162 Engineering Physics 2 4.0
PHYS 163 Engineering Physics 3 4.0

Recommended electives:

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH 183 Multivariable Calculus 4.0
MATH 184 Linear Algebra/Differential Equations 5.0

General Education Requirements

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