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Physics (PHYS) Degree


Physics Degree

The following Physics Degree is offered:

AS-T - Physics

Required Program (Units)
PHYS 411    Mechanics of Solids and Fluids (4)
PHYS 421    Electricity and Magnetism (4)
PHYS 431    Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics (4)
MATH 400    Calculus I (5)
MATH 401    Calculus II (5)
MATH 402    Calculus III (5)

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer Degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students should work closely with their Folsom Lake College counselor to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework to prepare for majoring in Physics at the institution they wish to transfer to because major and general education requirements may vary for each CSU and the degree may only transfer to specific institutions.

This program has the following completion requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Recall fundamental principles and basic definitions from the topics of physics.
  • Solve conceptual problems from the topics of physics.
  • Solve calculus, trigonometry and algebra based problems from the topics of physics and clearly communicate steps taken in the solution.
  • Analyze experimental data from the topics of physics.

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