Award: Associate of Sciences Degree –
Option in Arts & Sciences
For more information: Contact Dean Deborah Wrobel,
443-412-2240, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Advising, Career,
and Transfer Services, 443-412-2301 or email@example.com.
|No. of credits required: |
The physics program is designed to prepare students for
transfer to a Bachelor’s degree in general physics or applied
physics. Physicists seek to discover and describe the rules
governing natural phenomena at all scales, from the
sub-nuclear building blocks to the large-scale structure of the
universe. They are concerned with the properties, changes and
interactions of matter, energy and other physical phenomena.
They conduct research into physical phenomena, develop
theories and laws, and devise methods of applying the laws of
physics to industry, medicine and other fields. Physicists may
specialize in several areas such as astrophysics, bio- and
medical physics, quantum physics, solid state physics, nuclear physics,
acoustical physics, fluid and plasma physics, and education.
Upon successful completion of the Associate of Sciences Degree, Option in Arts and Sciences, Physics, the student will be able to:
- Explain and apply the fundamental principles of physics.
- Perform laboratory experiments and projects (collect, report and analyze data) by applying theoretical concepts and the scientific method.
- Demonstrate safe laboratory skills.
- Recognize and discuss the ethical issues in the discipline.
- Locate, identify, evaluate and use scientific information effectively.
- Apply computational skills in reasoning, estimation, problem-solving, and analysis.
- Use appropriate grammatical forms in both oral and written formats to effectively communicate ideas and concepts.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or
university should check the requirements of that institution.
If they are significantly different from the courses listed, the
student should consult an advisor for academic guidance and
other curriculum options to follow such as General Studies.
This program provides the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree
in physics. Scientific research and development services firms
and the Federal Government employ three out of five physicists.
Employment opportunities are more numerous for those with
an advanced degree, particularly graduates from programs
preparing them for applied research and development, product
design, and manufacturing positions in the industry. Despite
keen competition for traditional physics positions, individuals
with a physics degree at any level will find their skills useful
for entry into many other occupations that involve problem
solving using scientific methods.
Recommended Course Sequence
* The general elective should be chosen to satisfy
requirements of the institution to which transfer is
planned. ENG 109 (English Composition: Research
Writing) is recommended.