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Physics, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AST_PHYS
Control number: 33205
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree (AS-T in Physics) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Physics at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts this degree will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. Consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Prospective students interested in this degree are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop an educational goal plan that best meets their goals and needs. On completion of the program, the student will have gained proficiency in all of the main areas of classical physics (mechanics, waves, sound, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and optics) and will have been exposed to some of the more modern concepts of physics, including special relativity, atomic and nuclear physics.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the basic principles and concepts of physics.
  2. Use these principles and concepts in solving problems in the various areas of physics.
  3. Understand the methods of physicists.
  4. Appreciate the importance of physics.
  5. Appreciate that physics is an active, unfinished area of work in which many people are, today, actively engaged.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Core
PHYS G185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS G280Calculus Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism4
PHYS G285Calculus Based Physics: Modern4
MATH G180Calculus 15
MATH G185Calculus 25
MATH G280Calculus 35
Major Total27
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted7
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)1-3
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
MATH G180Calculus 15
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area C1: Arts course3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Units15
Course Title Units
Semester 2
PHYS G185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
MATH G185Calculus 25
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Units15-16

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
PHYS G285Calculus Based Physics: Modern4
MATH G280Calculus 35
Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course3
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Units15
Course Title Units
Semester 4
PHYS G280Calculus Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism4
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area B2: Life Science course (without lab)3
Units16
Total minimum units required60