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Physics, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T)

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Banner Code: 1_AST_PHYS
Control Number: 32074

Students graduating with an Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Physics AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

It is strongly recommended that all Physics majors take a course in differential equations in addition to the degree requirements, but this cannot be included as a requirement due to unit limitations.

Program Outcomes

  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.
  4. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
Course Title Units
Required Courses
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
MATH A280Calculus 34-5
or MATH A280H Calculus 3 Honors
PHYS A185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS A280Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism4
PHYS A285Calculus Based Physics: Modern4
Program Major Units24-25
CSU or IGETC for CSU 37-39
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60