Physics - AS

The Associate in Science (AS), Physics degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in Physics or are preparing for application to professional graduate programs in various medical fields. With a bachelor degree, students may pursue a career as a secondary education Physics teacher, physicist, or materials scientist. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, Physics professor, physicist, engineer, or researcher.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8606
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020

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Program Length

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Science degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Textbooks

To assist our students, many courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs.

Program Contacts

Steven Mutz, Department Chair/Program Advisor
Office: NS-128
(480)423-6122
steven.mutz@scottsdalecc.edu

Division Office
Office: NS-102
Phone: (480) 423-6296

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Communicate scientific ideas, both qualitatively and quantitatively, using an appropriate technical vocabulary.
  2. Collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds.
  3. Provide order of magnitude estimates for physical quantities in appropriate units.
  4. Describe, predict, and explain real-world phenomena, utilizing a variety of different representations, such as mathematical, graphical, and pictorial formalisms.
  5. Collect and analyze experimental data, and then draw reasonable conclusions to both develop and support the laws of physics.
  6. Apply principles of physics to solve problems both inside and outside the classroom.
  7. Transfer information and problem-solving methods from familiar to unfamiliar contexts.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

$45,740

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$46,940

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Critical course Gateway course MA 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4–5
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
PHY115 or
PHY121
University Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY116 or
PHY131
University Physics II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4–5
MAT240 or
MAT241
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 0–3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Critical course Gateway course MA 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4–5
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY115 or
PHY121
University Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4–5
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY116 or
PHY131
University Physics II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4–5
MAT240 or
MAT241
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 0–3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science BIOPHYSICS

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science BIOPHYSICS option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I SQ 4
3 (CHM150 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM150AA or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM151AA
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I SQ 4–5
3 CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory SQ 1
3 CHM150AA General Chemistry I 5
3 (CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) SQ 4
3 CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory SQ 1
3 CHM151AA General Chemistry I SQ 4
4 BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II SG 4
4 (CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
CHM152AA
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or General Chemistry II SQ 4
4 CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory SQ 1
4 CHM152AA General Chemistry II SQ 4


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Science in Associate in Science, Physics (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=137171).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.