Physics Department

Physics Degrees and Certificates

Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Physics for Transfer A.S. Degree (AS-T) (PDF) - Assists a student in seamlessly transferring to a California State University to engage in upper-division work towards a bachelor’s degree in Physics. This associate degree will enable students to develop a strong foundation in physics. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this program will also enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level science and math.

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Physics A.S. Degree (PDF) - Designed to prepare students for studying Physics at most universities. The core courses required in the Associate in Science in Physics will fulfill the lower division requirements for most campuses of the UC and CSU systems. This program will enable students to develop a strong foundation in physics and mathematics. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this program will also enhance their success with obtaining entry- level jobs that require two years of college-level science and math.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

Natural Science: Physical Science Emphasis A.A. Degree (PDF) - Designed to enable students to develop a strong foundation in the physical sciences. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this emphasis will also enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level physical science and laboratory skills.

Certificates of Accomplishment

  • Physics: Introductory Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Provides students with a solid foundation in the general principles of physics, as well as experience with a wide variety of mechanical and electrical measurement techniques. In addition, students will gain a deeper and concrete understanding of the properties of materials and matter in the solid, liquid, and gaseous state and of the experimental processes involved in the measurement and analysis of these properties. This certificate presents students with material that forms the necessary basis for continued study in many fields of science, in particular the biosciences and the earth and environmental sciences. The certificate also prepares students for paraprofessional employment in the form of research internships with various city, county, state, and private agencies and various technician positions in the fields of electrical and environmental technology.
  • Physics: Advanced Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Provides students with a solid physical and mathematical foundation of the general principles and theorems of physics, as well as experience with measurements of important physical quantities in the fields of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and thermal physics. Upon completion of this certificate students will be very well prepared to engage in continued and fundamental studies in the fields of engineering, physics, mathematical physics, or astronomy. The certificate also prepares students to work in various research institutions and companies as research assistant or on internships.
  • Physical Science Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Awarded for studies of the physical world from the very small to the infinite. Upon completion of this certificate students will have investigated such phenomena as light, energy, the states of matter, chemical reactions, the formation of planet earth, and its place in the universe. This certificate provides an excellent foundation for further studies in science education and other fields.

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

Apply for a Degree or Certificates

Are you finishing your associate degree or certificate? Please review How to Apply for a Degree or Certificate.

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