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
2018-2019
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.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other $45,810
Physical Scientists, All Other $86,610
Physicists $116,320
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $93,820
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 Credits
16-17
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 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 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 3

Term 2

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

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14
PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 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 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 Credits
7-8
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5

Term 2

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

Term 3

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

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism Meets the SQ requirement 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 Credits
7
COM100 or
COM110 or
SB
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Social and Behavioral Sciences 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 Credits
6
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking Meets the L requirement 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 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 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 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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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

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).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.