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.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 93 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).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4
CS160Computer Science Orientation4
MTH112Trigonometry4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
WR121 English Composition 3
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
MTH251 Calculus I Differential Calculus 4
Specific Elective 1 3
 Credits15
Winter
WR227 Report Writing 3
CHEM222 General Chemistry II 5
MTH252 Calculus II Integral Calculus 4
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
 Credits15
Spring
CHEM223 General Chemistry III 5
BI203 Introductory Biology 4
MTH253 Calculus III Infinite Sequences And Series 4
Specific Elective 2 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
PH211 General Physics w/Calculus I 5
MTH254 Vector Calculus I 4
CS161 Introduction to Computer Science I 4
Specific Elective 3 3
 Credits16
Winter
PH212 General Physics w/Calculus II 5
MTH255 Vector Calculus II 4
Specific Elective 3 3
Specific Elective 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
PH213 General Physics w/Calculus III 5
MTH256 Differential Equations 4
MTH260 Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra 4
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits93

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply foundational conceptual knowledge and models of physical principles to analyze and/or predict phenomena.     
  2. Understand and apply proper mathematical interpretation of physical principles and computation methods  to analyze and/or predict phenomena
  3. Interpret and communicate scientific information via written, spoken, and/or visual representations
  4. Describe the relevance of specific scientific principles to the human experience.
  5. Form and test a hypothesis in the laboratory or field using discipline-specific tools and techniques for data collection and/or analysis.