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Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division   (650) 949-7259

Physics 2013-2014

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Physics, the fundamental science, conceptualizes the basic principles of the universe and establishes the foundation for astronomy, chemistry and geology. The beauty of physics lies in a small number of powerful concepts which expand our view of the world around us and which lead to many engineering applications from which we derive many benefits.

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Students will know basic physics principles.
• Students will be able to apply their knowledge to practical, theoretical and experimental problems.
• Students will be prepared to advance to the next step in careers in science, industry and education.

Units required for Major: 74

Degree Requirements:

• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 57, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• All Foothill General Education requirements (30 Units)
• Prerequisites (15 units)
• Core courses (59 Units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade and the student must receive a grade of "C" or higher in these courses.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.

Additional Information:

One year high school Physics or PHYS 2A , PHYS 6 (5 units)or equivalent;
MATH 1A (5 units) or equivalent;
CHEM 25 (5 units) or equivalent.

Core Courses (59 units)

CHEM 1A General Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 1B General Chemistry (5 units)
MATH 1B Calculus (5 units)
MATH 1C Calculus (5 units)
MATH 1D Calculus (5 units)
MATH 2A Differential Equations (5 units)
MATH 2B Linear Algebra (5 units)

AND select one option:

Option 1:
PHYS 4A General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4B General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4C General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4D General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)

Option 2:
PHYS 5A* General Physics (Calculus) Extended (5 units)
PHYS 5B* General Physics (Calculus) Extended (5 units)
PHYS 5C* General Physics (Calculus) Extended (5 units)
PHYS 4C General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4D General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)

*The PHYS 5A, 5B & 5C sequence is equivalent to PHYS 4A & 4B.

Control Information:
2013-2014 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2013-07-03 09:05:34 | Dept Code: PHYS