Physics, Associate of Science
The Associate of Science degree with physics emphasis is designed to give students interested in pursuing STEM programs in physics a more complete transfer path than the existing AAOT bulk transfer degree.
Students must complete a minimum of 95 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AS degree is awarded.
Courses that are developmental in nature, (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses), are not applicable to this degree.
Students must complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Apply foundational conceptual knowledge and models of physical principles to analyze and/or predict phenomena.
- Understand and apply proper mathematical interpretation of physical principles and computation methods to analyze and/or predict phenomena
- Interpret and communicate scientific information via written, spoken, and/or visual representations
- Describe the relevance of specific scientific principles to the human experience.
- Form and test a hypothesis in the laboratory or field using discipline-specific tools and techniques for data collection and/or analysis.
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or higher)||2|
|CHEM221||General Chemistry I||5|
|MTH251||Calculus I Differential Calculus||4|
|Western Culture 1||3|
|CHEM222||General Chemistry II||5|
|MTH252||Calculus II Integral Calculus||4|
|SP111||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|CHEM223||General Chemistry III||5|
|MTH253||Calculus III Infinite Sequences And Series||4|
|Difference, Power, and Discrimination 2||3|
|PH211||General Physics with Calculus I||5|
|MTH254||Vector Calculus I||4|
|Social Processes and Institutions 3||3|
|Literature and Arts 5||3|
|PH212||General Physics with Calculus II||5|
|MTH255||Vector Calculus II||4|
or Introduction to Computer Science I
|Cultural Diversity 4||3|
|PH213||General Physics with Calculus III||5|
|MTH260||Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra||4|
|PE231||Wellness for Life||3|
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.