Physics Education (Transfer)
Physics is the study of the fundamental nature of our universe. This knowledge is applicable to a wide variety of disciplines in the biological and physical sciences, engineering, medicine, and technology. By taking physics at Clark College, you will get the benefits of small class size, up-to-date laboratory equipment, and instructors who place their emphasis on quality learning.

Physics majors can choose from a variety of courses and are encouraged to explore a wide sample of offerings to obtain a well-rounded education. Students wishing to major in physics should contact the Physics Department for program guidance.
Physics Education (AST2)
The following is a degree program designed by a consortium of two-year and four-year colleges in Washington. Students should be aware that baccalaureate institutions may have slightly different requirements for these degrees, and students should consult the transfer institution for exact questions.

Students should complete the entirety of any science sequence at the same school for best transferability. These degrees are not DTA degrees, and there are some general education requirements that students will need to finish upon transfer.

Though this degree does not require such, Clark College students should know that the standard Clark AS degree path has these differences from the Articulated Degree defined below:
  • Clark requires 3 credits of Health-Physical Education coursework.

Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.

Students completing this Associate of Science will receive the same priority consideration for admission to the baccalaureate institution as they would for completing the direct transfer associate degree and will be given junior status by the receiving institution.

Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions in the year prior to transferring.

Please visit the Major Related Programs/Articulated Degrees section of this catalog to view a printable PDF of this document.

Generic Requirements
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
5 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning
5 cr.
Intermediate algebra proficiency is required.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities/Fine Arts/English & Social Sciences
15 cr.
15 credits of humanities and social science with at least 5 credits taken from each. Three different subjects required. No more than 5 credits of performance classes are allowed.
2. Science Pre-Major Requirements
 
  • Physics (calculus-based or non-calculus based sequence including laboratory [15 quarter credits])

  • Chemistry with laboratory (5 credits) required for Engineering majors. Others should select 5 credits of science based on advising.

  • Computer programming (4 quarter credits) credit course chosen with the help of an advisor based on the requirements of the specific discipline at the baccalaureate institution the student plans to attend.

  • Third-quarter calculus or approved statistics course: 5 quarter credits chosen with the help of an advisor based on the requirements of the specific discipline at the baccalaureate institution the student plans to attend.

C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
The remaining 31 quarter credits should be planned with the help of an advisor based on the requirements of the specific discipline at the baccalaureate institution the student selects to attend. For Engineering disciplines, these credits should include a design component consistent with ABET accreditation standards.
Articulated Degree Requirements
A. Basic Requirements
1. English Composition
5 cr.
2. Calculus
10 cr.
Intermediate algebra proficiency is required.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities/Fine Arts/English & Social Sciences
15 cr.
5 quarter credits Introductory Speech

5 quarter credits General Psychology

2.Science Pre-major Requirement
 
  • 15 quarter credits Physics (calculus-based)

  • 10 quarter credits General Chemistry

  • 10 credits 3rd and 4th quarter calculus

  • 5 quarter credits Linear Algebra

  • 5 quarter credits Differential Equations
C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
10-15 credits, depending on pathways above.

5 additional quarter credits of English composition.

1 credit selected from this area within the AST.

Field Experience or Intro to Education recommended.
Clark College Equivalents
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirements
 
MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities/Fine Arts/English & Social Sciences
 
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Plus 5 additional HUM or SS credits.
2. Science Pre-Major Requirement
 
PHYS&221
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
PHYS&222
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
PHYS&223
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
CHEM&141
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
4 cr.
CHEM&142
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
4 cr.
CHEM&151
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
1 cr.
CHEM&152
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
1 cr.
MATH&153
CALCULUS III
5 cr.
MATH&254
CALCULUS IV
5 cr.
MATH 215
LINEAR ALGEBRA
5 cr.
MATH 221
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
5 cr.
C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
1 cr. selected from this area within the AST.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II Required
5 cr.
EDUC&201
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION Recommended
3 cr.
EDUC 210
INTRODUCTORY FIELD EXPERIENCE Recommended
3 cr.
Plus additional credits to reach 90 minimum quarter credits. These may include needed college-level calculus prerequisites.
Notes
A. Basic Requirements
1. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
 
Pre-Calculus courses do not meet this requirement.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities/Fine Arts/English & Social Sciences
 
Courses in Humanities/Social Science must come from the current ICRC distribution list in order to count as General Education or General University Requirements (GERs/GURs) at the receiving institution. Additional general educational requirements, cultural diversity requirements, and foreign language requirements, as required by the transfer institution, must be met prior to the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
2.Science Pre-major Requirement
 
Students should be advised that some baccalaureate institutions require physics with calculus to meet this requirement.


C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
A maximum of five (5) quarter credits of "gray area" courses will be accepted in the remaining credits category.
Total Required Credits: 90