Physics

Physics Associate in Science Degree for Transfer 2020-2021

(Major C.3664.AS-T)

Physics is the study of the relationship between mass and energy and provides a broad range of knowledge and problem-solving skills that are useful in many disciplines. The program at Clovis Community College emphasizes topics that are encountered in our everyday lives: linear and rotational motion in two and three dimensions, forces, gravity, fluids, waves, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, and light. The following topics are also briefly introduced: special relativity, atoms, introduction to quantum mechanics, and the cosmos are also included.

A physics major degree generally transfers to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. Physics graduates at the bachelors’ level are qualified for a variety of technical positions with government or industry, and they are also well prepared to enter a graduate program in any other science or in engineering. Physics majors are welcomed into professional programs such as law, business, or medicine. Teaching at the high school level with a bachelor’s degree or at a two-year college with a masters’ degree are additional career options for the physics major. For the physicist who obtains the Ph.D., experimental or theoretical research and/or teaching at the university level or basic research in government or industry are options for gainful employment.

Many four-year colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in physics. There are some systems and institutions that offer advanced degrees in physics. Requirements vary from system to system and from campus to campus for each level of degree. The advice of a counselor and consultation of institutional catalogs for specific information is highly recommended.

Major requirements (25 units minimum)
A grade of “C” or better is required in the following courses:


Required Core

Select from the following:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
PHYS 4A Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 PHYS 205 or PHYS 205S
PHYS 4B Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 PHYS 210 or PHYS 200S
PHYS 4C Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 PHYS 215 or PHYS 200S
MATH 5A Math Analysis I 5 MATH 210, 211 or 900S
MATH 5B Math Analysis II 4 MATH 220 or 900S
MATH 6 Math Analysis III 5 MATH 230 or 900S

Total units for major does not include required general education or pre-requisite courses.

Additional Information

  1. Apply algebra, trigonometry, and/or first-year calculus to solve physical problems within the topics covered in class.

  1. Completion of 60-semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California StateUniversity, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State UniversityGeneral Education – Breadth requirements.
    2. 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. Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) also require that students must earn a “C” grade or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

  • Certification of either the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU version) is required. CSU GE-Breadth and IGETC advising sheets are available in Student Services, AC2-133 or online at CCC GE (CSU/UC) GE and Major Sheets
  • Courses may double count in the major and CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC.

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Faculty Advisor(s): Abbott, Meyer


2020-2021 Physics Associate in Science Degree for Transfer