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Physics (AS-T) Chemistry & Physics Total Units: 30
Term Effective: Fall 2023


See the state issued Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) template for any further clarification regarding program requirements.

The Associate in Science for Transfer in Physics degree is designed to prepare students for transfer and upper division work at four-year colleges and universities in the field of physics.  Students develop the conceptual knowledge, analytical abilities, and laboratory skills necessary for further study in physics and related fields.

The Physics Associate in Science for Transfer degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an ADT are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

Students will have to fulfill the following requirements to earn this degree.
(1) Complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC); and
(B) A minimum of 29 semester units as required for the Associate in Science for Transfer in Physics major.
(2) Obtain an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0
(3) Earn a grade of C or better (or P) in all courses required for the Associate in Science for Transfer in Physics major. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, where a Pass is defined as a “C” or better.

A maximum of 12 units are allowed with a P grade for students earning an Associate Degree. For detailed information, please refer to the SRJC Grading Policy.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, 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 apply applications of Physics (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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Physics (AS-T) program are:

  • Complete 30 units from
    • Physics for Transfer Core Requirements

Physics for Transfer Core Requirements - complete 30.00 units
MATH 1ACalculus, First Course5.00
MATH 1BCalculus, Second Course5.00
MATH 1CCalculus, Third Course4.00
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 Engineers3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2023

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.

Previous Versions:

Physics (AS-T) - effective Fall 2017
Physics (AS-T) - effective Fall 2013

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.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


MATH 2 is a prerequisite to PHYS 43 and may be taken after successful completion of MATH 1C.
To keep this degree under 60 units, only the GE IGETC pattern can be used.

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