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Physics (AS) Chemistry & Physics Total Units: 38
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Term Effective: Spring 2011


The Physics Degree Program is designed to prepare students for transfer and upper division work at four-year colleges and universities in the fields of physics, astronomy, astrophysics, or applied physics. Students develop the conceptual knowledge, analytical abilities, and laboratory skills necessary for further study in physics related fields.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply physical principles from the basic subfields of physics (classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics), as well as areas from application (e.g. solid state physics, optics, etc.) in advanced courses;
  2. apply physical principles to novel situations through critical thinking, problem solving, mathematical modeling, and laboratory experimentation.
  3. design and assemble experimental apparatuses, conduct and analyze measurements of physical phenomena, assess experimental uncertainty, and make meaningful comparisons between experiment and theory; and
  4. communicate ideas and processes of physics clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.

Click here for more information about the program, or to contact the Engineering and Physics Department.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Physics (AS) program are:

  • Complete 38 units from
    • Physics Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Physics Requirements - complete 37.00 units
MATH 1ACalculus, First Course5.00
MATH 1BCalculus, Second Course5.00
MATH 1CCalculus, Third Course4.00
MATH 2Calculus, Fourth Course-Differential Equations3.00
PHYS 40Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers5.00
PHYS 41Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers4.00
PHYS 42Electricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers4.00
PHYS 43Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 5.00 units from the following:
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry5.00
CHEM 4AGeneral Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Spring 2011

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Physics - effective Fall 2010
Physics - effective Summer 2008

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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