Natural Sciences or Mathematics AS: Physics Option

Code: AS.NSM.PHYSC

The A.S. Degree Program in Physics is designed to give students who have the desire and drive to explore the universe, the background that four year colleges require for their own undergraduate preparation.  Physics is the study of all physical phenomena and utilizes skills such as mathematics, analysis, software, and clear communications.  It explores questions like how did the universe start? How will it end? What is a black hole? Is time travel possible?   

Physics graduates find employment in occupations such as research, medicine, software design, and even finance.  Physicists are found in many fields of study including Research and Development, Aerospace and Defense, Design and Production, Medical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Geophysics, Meteorology, and education.  Physics spans dimensions from that of the nucleus of an atom to the Universe itself.  It is the science behind the innovations of the future.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Work in teams to demonstrate proper and safe use of instrumentation and software in performing laboratory measurements and analysis to develop a growing sense of error sources that affect accuracy and precision of experimental results.
  • Demonstrates logical reasoning in problem solving by using appropriate mathematics (high level algebra and calculus), diagrams, and the principles of physics.
  • Demonstrates clear scientific writing skills and proper terminology to describe the principles of physics.

Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Social Science Elective* 3
MAT-280Calculus I

4

PHY-280Physics I

4

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
  Free Elective** 3

MAT-281Calculus II

4

PHY-290Physics II

4

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective*** 4
MAT-282Calculus III

4

PHY-291Physics III [Fall Only]

4

Total Credit Hours:15

PHY-291 Offered only in fall semesters.

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective*** 4
  Humanities Elective* 6
  Social Science Elective* 3
PHY-294Engineering Mechanics [Spring Only]

4

Total Credit Hours:17

PHY-294 ‡Offered only in spring semesters.

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology

MAT-280Calculus I

4

MAT-281Calculus II

4

PHY-280Physics I

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

  Natural Science Elective*** 4
  Natural Science Elective*** 4
PHY-290Physics II

4

PHY-291Physics III [Fall Only]

4

PHY-294Engineering Mechanics [Spring Only]

4

MAT-282Calculus III

4

PHY-291 Offered only in fall semesters.

PHY-294 Offered only in spring semesters.

Total Credit Hours: 24

Program Support Requirements

  Two general education courses* to be selected from the following fields, with no more than one In any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN). 6
  One general education course* to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT). 3

Total Credit Hours: 9

Free Elective**

Total Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**CIS-270 Programming for Scientific Applications (3 cr.), is strongly recommended; or WEX-101 Dynamics of Health and Fitness (2 cr.) plus a WEX experience course (1 cr.): WEX-111, WEX-112, WEX-114, WEX-115, WEX-116, or WEX-118; or IST-123 Success 101.

***CHM-140/141 General Chemistry I and CHM-240/241 General Chemistry II are recommended.

†Offered only in fall semesters.

‡Offered only in spring semesters.