Physics Department students learn in small classes with modern equipment to earn Associate of Science (AS) degrees in one of two areas. An AS Track 1 (AST1) degree is designed for majors in biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, geology, environmental/resources sciences and pre-med, pharmacy and physical therapy students. AS Track 2 (AST2) is designed for majors in atmospheric science, meteorology, astronomy, computer science, engineering, physics, chemical and bioengineering, computer and electrical engineering and mechanical /civil /aeronautical/ industrial/materials science engineering. The degrees are designed for students planning to transfer to a senior institution and pursue a bachelor's degree in science or engineering.
Physical Science, astronomy and meteorology classes satisfy the natural sciences requirement for the AA General Transfer degree.
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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.
- Apply scientific methodologies to develop and answer questions about the natural world.
- Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as an instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a sum.
- Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus.
- Acquire scientific information from appropriate sources to analyze issues, claims or situations.
- Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
- Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
- Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
- Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
- Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
- Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
- Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
- Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
- Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)