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Associate in Science, Emphasis in Physics

The Associate in Science (AS), Emphasis in Physics degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in Physics or are preparing for application to professional graduate programs in various medical fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a secondary education Physics teacher, physicist, or materials scientist. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, Physics professor, physicist, engineer, or researcher.

Details

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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Physics (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Communicate scientific ideas, both qualitatively and quantitatively, using an appropriate technical vocabulary. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, LANG, [FYC], [L], [HU], [SB], (COM))
  • Provide order of magnitude estimates for physical quantities in appropriate units. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181++, BIO182++, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277)
  • Describe, predict, and explain real-world phenomena, utilizing a variety of different representations, such as mathematical, graphical, and pictorial formalisms. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, [FYC], (COM))
  • Collect and analyze experimental data, and then draw reasonable conclusions to both develop and support the laws of Physics. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, [L])
  • Apply principles of Physics to solve problems both inside and outside the classroom. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181++, BIO182++, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277)
  • Transfer information and problem-solving methods from familiar to unfamiliar contexts. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181++, BIO182++, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, [FYC], [L])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:16-20
MAT230Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
MAT231Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)4-5
MAT240Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
MAT241Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)4-5
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-36
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Physics
MAT225Elementary Linear Algebra3
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Biophysics
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182++General Biology (Majors) II4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3) OR
May be completed after transferring to ASU (0)0-4
MAT225Elementary Linear Algebra (3) OR
May be completed after transferring to ASU (0)0-3
Note: (MAT 276 or MAT 277) and (MAT 225) will satisfy the ASU PHY 201 requirement for Biophysics majors.
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena (4) OR
May be completed after transferring to ASU (0)0-4
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Bachelor of Science, Applied Physics
No additional required coursework for this transfer plan.
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, Physics
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
MAT225Elementary Linear Algebra3
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 5: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Physics
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Transfer Plan 6: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science, Physics
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-SCredits: 22-32
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
A single course with both the [HU] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.
A single course with both the [SB] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.

See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry area [L].3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-5
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite (4-5)4-5
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by (PHY115 or PHY121) and (PHY116 or PHY131) in the Required Courses area.
 
Subject OptionsCredits: 0
Met by (MAT230 or MAT231) and (MAT240 or MAT241) in the Required Courses area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
The following is recommended for students intending to transfer to Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) to earn a Bachelor in Science, Physics or a Bachelor in Science, Biophysics to partially fulfill Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Science and Society Elective requirement:
ASB100Introduction to Global Health (3) OR
ASM275Forensic Anthropology (4) OR
GPH210Society and Environment (3) OR
GPH211Landform Processes (4) OR
GPH213Climate and Weather (3)3-4
The following courses are recommended for students intending to transfer to Northern Arizona University to earn a Bachelor in Science, Physics:
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (5)4-5

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