Physics Degree Programs

Associate in Science Degree in Physics for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree provides a foundation in physics and mathematics for students planning to transfer into a baccalaureate program in physics or physics education. This background should provide students with the tools to successfully complete a bachelor's degree.

Students who complete the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.

Please refer to the college catalog or the transfer center website or more information on transfer degree requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of classical (or Newtonian) and fluid dynamics.
  • Demonstrate understanding of classical electricity and magnetism.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, optics and the special theory of relativity.

Curriculum

Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Course ID Title Units
PHYS 4A* General Physics 5
PHYS 4B* General Physics 5
PHYS 4C* General Physics 5
MATH 3A* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 3B* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 3C* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
Total Units for the Major 30

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.

 


Physics Associate Degree Program

The curriculum in the Physics Associate Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering majors in engineering, biological sciences, or physics, earning the associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of classical (or Newtonian) and fluid dynamics.
  • Demonstrate understanding of classical electricity and magnetism.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, optics and the special theory of relativity.

Curriculum

Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Course ID Title Units
First Year
CS 1A Introduction to Computer Science 3
MATH 3A* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 3B* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
PHYS 4A* General Physics 5
Second Year
MATH 3C* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 24* Elementary Differential Equations 4
MATH 26* Introduction to Linear Algebra 4
PHYS 4B* General Physics 5
PHYS 4C* General Physics 5
Total Units for the Major 41

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of all the courses listed and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: CHEM 1A, 1B.