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Physics, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

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Banner Code: 3_AST_PHYS
Control Number: 33015

Physics is an attempt to understand natural phenomena, and is fundamental to related fields such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and engineering. The goal of the physics program is to develop students’ understanding and analysis of the physical world through mathematical techniques involving qualitative and quantitative reasoning. It is strongly recommended that all physics majors take a course in linear algebra and differential equations such as MATH C285 in addition to the degree requirements, but this cannot be included as a requirement due to unit limitations.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe major concepts and theoretical principles as applied to physics.
  2. Apply appropriate physical laws and mathematical techniques to analyze various physical situations.
  3. Perform various scientific experiments and to analyze data to check agreement with theoretical predictions.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence at Coastline College.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).

Requirements for the Degree

Course Title Units
Required Core
Students will complete all of the following:
PHYS C185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS C280Calculus Based Physics: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS C285General Physics: Light and Modern Physics4
MATH C180Calculus 15
MATH C185Calculus 25
MATH C280Calculus 35
Total Required for the Major27
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable units
Total Units60

Physics ADT Program Map

This program map is a recommended example of all major (program) requirements as well as general education requirements for two-year completion or transfer. This path may be altered to fit your individual academic needs. These two-year program maps were created by program faculty and counselors and demonstrate a recommended path to completion. Students are advised to meet with a Coastline Counselor for individualized program planning.

Your Path to Success

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Course Title Units
1st Semester
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
COUN C105Strategies for College Success3
MUS C100History and Appreciation of Music3
MATH C180Calculus 15
2nd Semester
CMST C110Public Speaking3
MRSC C100Introduction to Marine Science3
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
MATH C185Calculus 25
3rd Semester
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
HIST C175United States History since 18763
PHYS C185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
MATH C280Calculus 35
4th Semester
PHIL C120Ethics3
PSCI C180American Government3
PHYS C280Calculus Based Physics: Electricity and Magnetism4
Elective Course3