Associate in Science Physics Emphasis

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Physics is the physical science that studies how the universe works, from cosmology to the subatomic realm. The goal of physics is to explain what happens in the natural world with just a few comprehensive principles. Physicists have discovered and described physical forces and laws ranging from gravity to quantum mechanics to wormholes. 

In MCC’s Physics program, you will study conservation principles, including energy and momentum. Explore the exciting world of mechanics, electricity, and magnetism, as well as thermodynamics, quantum physics, and relativity. 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8600
Total Credits Required
60–61
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Physics (Bachelor of Science)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Communicate scientific ideas, both qualitatively and quantitatively, using an appropriate technical vocabulary.
  • Collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds.
  • Provide order of magnitude estimates for physical quantities in appropriate units.
  • Describe, predict, and explain real-world phenomena, utilizing a variety of different representations, such as mathematical, graphical, and pictorial formalisms.
  • Collect and analyze experimental data, and then draw reasonable conclusions to both develop and support the laws of physics.
  • Apply principles of physics to solve problems both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Transfer information and problem-solving methods from familiar to unfamiliar contexts.

Career Opportunities

An education in physics, with its understanding of how the world works, opens the door to a diverse range of career paths. People who major in physics find employment in research, engineering, education, defense, healthcare, energy, technology, and other fields.

Successful completion of the Associate in Science program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Physicists

$125,869

Postsecondary Physics Teachers

$56,457

Precision Agriculture Technicians

$46,820

Quality Control Analysts

$46,820

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists

$93,809

Remote Sensing Technicians

$46,820

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16-17
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
C & H/G or
Elective
Cultural Diversity in the US (C) and Historical (H) or Global (G) Awareness or Elective Course If the (C and H or G) requirement is met by the HU or SB course selected, complete an elective for 3 credits 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 4–5
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
SB
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Social and Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
14
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking L 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4
MAT231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
14
PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4
Elective Elective Course 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
PHY241 University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena 4
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
Science & Society Science and Society Elective 3
Electives Two elective Courses Recommend taking PHY 201 at ASU and using it as an elective course via reverse transfer.
Students need this course as it is a pre-requisite to the series of courses they will need to take once transferring to ASU
6
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7-8
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 4–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
8
PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics Meets the SQ requirement SQ 4
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism Meets the SQ requirement SQ 4
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
COM100 or
COM110 or
SB
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Social and Behavioral Sciences SB 3
PHY241 University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking Meets the L requirement L 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
C & H/G or
Elective
Cultural Diversity in the US (C) and Historical (H) or Global (G) Awareness or Elective Course If the (C and H or G) requirement is met by the HU or SB course selected, complete an elective for 3 credits 3
Science & Society Science and Society Elective 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
Electives Two elective Courses Recommend taking PHY 201 at ASU and using it as an elective course via reverse transfer.
Students need this course as it is a pre-requisite to the series of courses they will need to take once transferring to ASU
6

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Disclaimer

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Science in Associate in Science (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/as1819.pdf).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019