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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:
- 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;
- apply physical principles to novel situations through critical thinking, problem solving, mathematical modeling, and laboratory experimentation.
- design and assemble experimental apparatuses, conduct and analyze measurements of physical phenomena, assess experimental uncertainty, and make meaningful comparisons between experiment and theory; and
- 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.
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 1A||Calculus, First Course||5.00|
|MATH 1B||Calculus, Second Course||5.00|
|MATH 1C||Calculus, Third Course||4.00|
|MATH 2||Calculus, Fourth Course-Differential Equations||3.00|
|PHYS 40||Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers||5.00|
|PHYS 41||Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers||4.00|
|PHYS 42||Electricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers||4.00|
|PHYS 43||Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers||2.00|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 5.00 units from the following:|
|CHEM 1A||General Chemistry||5.00|
|CHEM 4A||General Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis||5.00|
|Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units|
|LIR 10||Introduction to Information Literacy||1.00|
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.
Physics - effective Spring 2011
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.