Physics Area of Concentration Degree

Associate of Science
Physics Program

The physics area of concentration is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in physics.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve basic physics problems.
  • Integrate natural sciences to build solid foundation in physics applications using appropriate mathematical skills.
  • Use appropriate and varied computer application software in physics.
  • Design, perform, collect, and analyze data for simple physics experiments using the scientific method.


Program Advising Guide

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. 

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Physicists and astronomers typically need a PhD for jobs in research and academia. However, physicist jobs in the federal government typically require a bachelor’s degree in physics. After receiving a PhD in physics or astronomy, many researchers seeking careers in academia begin in temporary postdoctoral research positions.

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Physics

A suggested course sequence for Physics majors follows.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence


A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


  • MATH 182 - Calculus II  4 semester hours
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Program elective, 3 semester hours

Third Semester


Fourth Semester


  • MATH 284 - Linear Algebra  4 semester hours
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
  • English Foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or elective. English course placement is determined by Accuplacer English/Reading Test, AP/IB, or transfer credits.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

† Program elective from the following disciplines: BIOL, CHEM, CMSC, DATA, ENES, ENEE, GEOL, depending on your transfer institution.


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