Associate in Science, Physics

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

Major Code: 
8606
Award: 
Associate in Science, Physics
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

At Scottsdale...

Academic Program: 

Do you wonder what subatomic particles have in common with the furthest reaches of the observable universe? Do you enjoy problem solving, analysis and logical thinking? If you do then physics/astronomy is the program for you!  The program provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts of physics including the study of classical mechanics, electricity, light, magnetism, thermodynamics and wave motion. Additionally, use the laws of physics to reveal the nature of celestial objects.  You'll benefit from our very own SCC Planetarium.  Lay the foundation for a professional program in physics/engineering/astronomy at a four-year institution by graduating with your Associate in Science degree in two years.

Students in the program earn the Associate of Science, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as juniors. Courses are available in-person (day and evening). 

How long will it take?

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. 

Cost

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Science degree for Physics/Astronomy students is $5,160. This includes tuition and course fees for all courses required for the transfer degree. Books and course fees in other classes outside of the program are not calculated.

Textbooks

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

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits: 
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.
The following is recommended for students intending to transfer to Arizona State University Tempe (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) to earn a Bachelor in Science, Physics or a Bachelor in Science, Biophysics to partially fulfill Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Science and Society Elective requirement:
ASB100Introduction to Global Health (3) OR
ASM275Forensic Anthropology (4) OR
GPH210Society and Environment (3) OR
GPH211Landform Processes (4)
GPH213Climate and Weather (3)3-4
The following courses are recommended for students intending to transfer to Northern Arizona University to earn a Bachelor in Science, Physics:
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (5)4-5
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Communicate scientific ideas, both qualitatively and quantitatively, using an appropriate technical vocabulary. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181, BIO182, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181, BIO182, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, [FYC], [L], [HU], [SB], (COM))
  • Provide order of magnitude estimates for physical quantities in appropriate units. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181, BIO182, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276)
  • Describe, predict, and explain real-world phenomena, utilizing a variety of different representations, such as mathematical, graphical, and pictorial formalisms. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181, BIO182, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, [FYC], (COM))
  • Collect and analyze experimental data, and then draw reasonable conclusions to both develop and support the laws of Physics. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181, BIO182, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, [L])
  • Apply principles of Physics to solve problems both inside and outside the classroom. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181, BIO182, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276)
  • Transfer information and problem-solving methods from familiar to unfamiliar contexts. (PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, PHY241, BIO181, BIO182, MAT220, MAT221, MAT225, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, [FYC], [L])
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:16-20
MAT230Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
MAT231Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)4-5
MAT240Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
MAT241Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)4-5
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-36
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Subplan 1: Arizona State University Tempe (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Physics
MAT225Elementary Linear Algebra3
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Subplan 2: Arizona State University Tempe (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Biophysics
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182General Biology (Majors) II4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
Subplan 3: Arizona State University Polytechnic (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Bachelor of Science, Applied Physics
No additional required coursework for this subplan.
Subplan 4: Arizona State University Tempe (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, Physics
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
MAT225Elementary Linear Algebra3
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ any ARB/Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ any CHI/Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ any FRE/French course(s)
GER+++ any GER/German course(s)
ITA+++ any ITA/Italian course(s)
JPN+++ any JPN/Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ any SPA/Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ any SLG/Sign Language course(s)
Subplan 5: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Physics
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Subplan 6: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science, Physics
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ any SLG Sign Language course(s)
Subplan 7: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Physics
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ any SLG Sign Language course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-SCredits: 22-32
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry area [L].0-3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-5
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite.4-5
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by (PHY115 or PHY121) and (PHY116 or PHY131) in required courses.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.