Associate in Science, Physics Physics Emphasis

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

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, Physics (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8606
Total Credits Required
60-64
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, Physics 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.

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists

$77,899

* 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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. The options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

All the pathway map options share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses, term credit totals, and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Critical course Gateway course MA 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4–5
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
PHY115 or
PHY121
University Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY116 or
PHY131
University Physics II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4–5
MAT240 or
MAT241
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 0–3

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Critical course Gateway course MA 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4–5
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY115 or
PHY121
University Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4–5
SB Social-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
PHY116 or
PHY131
University Physics II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4–5
MAT240 or
MAT241
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 6

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

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 0–3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 MAT225 Elementary Linear Algebra 3
4 PHY241 University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena 4
4 MAT276 or
MAT277
Modern Differential Equations or Modern Differential Equations MA 3–4


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science BIOPHYSICS

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science BIOPHYSICS option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I SQ 4
3 (CHM150 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM150AA or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM151AA
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I SQ 4–5
4 BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II SG 4
4 (CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
CHM152AA
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or General Chemistry II SQ 4


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Arts

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Arts option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language Any 101 Level Language Course May demonstrate proficiency via assessment 0–5
2 Language Any 102 Level Language Course May demonstrate proficiency via assessment 0–5
3 (CHM150 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM150AA or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM151AA
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I SQ 4–5
3 MAT225 Elementary Linear Algebra 3
3 Language Any 201 Language Course May demonstrate proficiency via assessment 0–5
4 MAT276 or
MAT277
Modern Differential Equations or Modern Differential Equations MA 3–4
4 PHY241 University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena 4
4 Language Any 202 Language Course May demonstrate proficiency via assessment 0–5


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (Polytechnic), Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Polytechnic), Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 Elective Elective Course 3
4 Elective Elective Course 3
4 Elective Elective Course 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 Elective Elective Course 3
4 PHY241 or
MAT276 or
MAT277
University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena or Modern Differential Equations or Modern Differential Equations MA 3–4


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

University of Arizona, Bachelor Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the University of Arizona, Bachelor Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2 Language Any 101 Level Language Course May demonstrate proficiency via assessment 0–5
3 (CHM150 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM150AA or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM151AA
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I SQ 4–5
3 Language Any 102 Level Language Course May demonstrate proficiency via assessment 0–5
4 PHY241 or
MAT276 or
MAT277
University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena or Modern Differential Equations or Modern Differential Equations MA 3–4


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language Any 101 Level Language Course May demonstrate proficiency via assessment 0–5
2 Language Any 102 Level Language Course May demonstrate proficiency via assessment 0–5
3 (CHM150 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM150AA or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM151AA
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I SQ 4–5
3 Language Any 201 Level Language Course 0–5
4 PHY241 or
MAT276 or
MAT277
University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena or Modern Differential Equations or Modern Differential Equations MA 3–4
4 Language Any 201 Level Language Course 0–5


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

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Disclaimer

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, Physics (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=137171).

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