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Physics (AS-T) Chemistry & Physics Total Units: 29
Term Effective: Fall 2013


The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer 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.

This associate degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AS-T are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. 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 in Physics for Transfer major.
(2) Obtain an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0
(3) Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer major.

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 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.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students should refer to the TMC (Transfer Model Curriculum) Template here, transfer model, for a clear guide to the course requirements. Additionally, for students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 29 units from
    • Physics for Transfer Core Requirements

Physics for Transfer Core Requirements - complete 29.00 units
MATH 1A Calculus, First Course5.00
MATH 1B Calculus, Second Course5.00
MATH 1C Calculus, Third Course4.00
PHYS 40 Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers5.00
PHYS 41 Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers4.00
PHYS 42 Electricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers4.00
PHYS 43 Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2013

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 2017

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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