Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Common Core Requirements

Course listing table for the degree
Courses Credits
Required Core 1A: ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
Required Core 1A: ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
Required Core 1B: MATH-440 Pre-Calculus or Higher1, 2 4
Required Core 1C: PH-421 General Calculus Physics A 5
Flexible Core 2A: World Cultures and Global Issues 3
Flexible Core 2B: US Experience & its Diversity 3
Flexible Core 2C: Creative Expression 3
Flexible Core 2D: Individual and Society 3
Flexible Core 2E: PH-422 General Calculus Physics B 5
Flexible Core 2E: MA-441: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I2 4
Subtotal 36

Major Requirements

Major requirements for the degree program
Courses Credits
MA-442 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II2 4
MA-443 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 4
PH-440 Modern Physics 4
PH-160 Physics Colloquium 1
One credit course from DAN-100, PE-400, or PE-500 series 1
Subtotal 14

Advised Major Electives2

Take 10 credits from courses listed below

Major Electives for the degree
Courses Credits
CH-151 – General Chemistry I 4.5
CH-152 – General Chemistry II 4.5
MA-119 College Algebra1 3
MA-121 Trigonometry1 1
MA-451 Differential Equations 4
MA-461 Linear Algebra 4
PH-240 Computerized Physical Measurement Using Graphical Programming 3
PH-414 Analytical Mechanics 4
PH-415 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PH-416 Thermodynamics 4
PH-450 Introduction to Physics Research 3
PH-451 Numerical Methods 3
PH-501 Special Topics 3
PH-900 Independent Study Physics Research 2
Subtotal 102




1 Depending on their math placement, students may be required to complete MA-119 and/or MA-121 (both with a C or better) prior to MA-440. When required by math placement, MA-119 and MA-121 will count as major electives.

2 Students who place into mathematics at MA-441 will use that course to satisfy Required Core 1B, use MA-442 in the Flexible Core, and take an additional 4 credits of major elective courses to reach 60 credits.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Degree Plans

  • AS in Physics with developmental placement

  • AS in Physics no developmental placement

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Physics

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning
  5. Apply scientific methods and reasoning to investigate issues or problems in the natural and social sciences in order to draw conclusions

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on April 13, 2021.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in knowledge of Physics and the underlying mathematical concepts and the ability to apply the concepts to a variety of
  2. Demonstrate an ability to communicate physical principles and explain problems effectively, through both written and oral
  3. Work collaboratively to effectively acquire, process and analyze data related to physics and draw conclusions based on the observed data.

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