Physics

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree is designed to prepare student for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Physics. Physics is the study of why and how the world we live in behaves the way it does. Using theories and laws based upon observation and testing, physics considers and describes the behavior of our everyday world including motion, forces, mechanical and thermal energy, waves, electricity and magnetism, and light. Physics majors typically receive at least a Bachelor's degree and are prepared for many jobs in government and industry as well as being prepared to pursue graduate education in many fields of science and engineering. The AS-T in Physics does not include some important lower-division classes that are required for a Bachelor's degree in Physics. Students taking courses at Gavilan who are preparing to transfer should take additional courses at Gavilan that are part of the lowerdivision preparation at CSU campuses so they are prepared to take upper-division major courses after transferring. Consult with the instructor or a counselor early in your first semester at Gavilan to ensure you will take all of the courses required for the major.
REQUIREMENTS: (24 units)
Units: 24
PHYS 4A
Physics for Scientists and Engineers - Mechanics (Historical)
4
PHYS 4B
Physics for Scientists and Engineers - Electricity and Magnetism (Historical)
4
PHYS 4C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers - Heat, Optics, Modern Physics (Historical)
4
MATH 1A
Single-Variable Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Historical)
4
MATH 1B
Single-Variable Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Historical)
4
MATH 1C
Multivariable Calculus (Historical)
4
Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements:
Units: 0
In addition to passing all courses required for the major area of emphasis with a C or better (letter grading option only), completion requirements for the degree include:
 
1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
 
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
 
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
 
2) Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
 
ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis, or a "P" for any course taken on a 'pass-no-pass' basis.
 
Units Required for the Major: 24
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Double Counted Units:
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General Education Requirements: CSU GE: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives needed to get to 60 Units:
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Total Units for the Degree: 60 Units
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Total: 61-63

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PHYS 1Introduction to Physics (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This course is an introduction to the fundamental physical principles that control the world around us. Students will explore the fundamental principles of physics, their historical development, their application to everyday phenomena, and their impact upon political, social, and environmental issues. Laboratory exercises will explore the everyday world. ADVISORY: Mathematics 430. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2018.
PHYS 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
PHYS 2AGeneral Physics I (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to the principles of physics using algebra and trigonometry. Topics include kinematics in one and two dimensions, vectors, equilibrium and non-equilibrium applications of Newton's Laws, work and energy, momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, elasticity, thermal physics, thermodynamics, and waves. (C-ID: PHYS 105), (C-ID: PHYS 100S: Phys 2A + Phys 2B) PREREQUISITE: MATH 8A ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
PHYS 2BGeneral Physics II (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to the principles of physics using algebra and trigonometry. Topics include electricity and magnetism, light and optics, modern physics, and an introduction to relativity. (C-ID: PHYS 110) (C-ID: PHYS 100S: Phys 2A + Phys 2B) PREREQUISITE: Physics 2A with a grade of 'C' or better. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260 (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019.
PHYS 4APhysics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to the principles of physics using calculus. Topics include kinematics in one, two and three dimensions, vectors, equilibrium and non-equilibrium applications of Newton's Laws, work and energy, momentum, systems of particles, rotational kinematics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, elasticity, and waves. (C-ID: PHYS 205) (C-ID: PHYS 200S: Phys 4A + Phys 4B + Phys 4C) PREREQUISITE: Completion of MATH 1A with a grade of 'C' or better, AND completion of PHYS 2A with a grade of 'C' or better OR High School Physics with a grade of 'B' or better. COREQUISITE: MATH 1B. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019.
PHYS 4BPhysics for Scientists and Engineers: Electricity and Magnetism (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to the principles of physics using calculus. Topics include charge, electric fields, Gauss' Law, electric potential, capacitance, current and resistance, circuit analysis, magnetic fields, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law, and electromagnetic waves. (C-ID: PHYS 210) (C-ID: PHYS 200S: Phys 4A + Phys 4B + Phys 4C) PREREQUISITE: Completion of MATH 1B with a grade of 'C' or better, AND completion of PHYS 4A with a grade of 'C' or better. COREQUISITE: MATH 1C. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
PHYS 4CPhysics for Scientists and Engineers-Heat/Optics/Modern Physics (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to the principles of physics using calculus. Topics include light, optics, interference, diffraction, thermal energy, the Laws of Thermodynamics, the kinetic theory of gases, and an introduction to relativity and modern physics. (C-ID: PHYS 215) (C-ID: PHYS 200S: Phys 4A + Phys 4B + Phys 4C) PREREQUISITE: Completion of MATH 1C with a grade of 'C' or better, AND completion of PHYS 4A with a grade of 'C' or better, AND completion of PHYS 4B with a grade of 'C' or better. COREQUISITE: MATH 2 and MATH 2C. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019.

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