Program Description

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer provides a foundation in Physics necessary for continued training at the upper division level for Physics majors.   It also provides a foundation for majors in physical science, math, engineering and computer science.  It is a starting point for students who are preparing for careers in education, geoscience research, and government, where scientific and technical skills are in great demand.

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)

Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements


  • PHYS 001A – General Physics (5)
  • PHYS 001B – General Physics (5)
  • PHYS 001C – General Physics (5)
  • MATH 005A – Single Variable Calculus I (5)
  • MATH 005B – Single Variable Calculus II (5)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop theories and solve problems using lower division  ‐  level knowledge of mechanics, heat, waves, optics, and electricity.  

  2. Use common laboratory instruments to make measurements in mechanics, heat, waves, optics, and electricity.  

  3. Clearly and succinctly report the result of experiments in a clear and technically correct manner.

Required Units

  • Required Subtotal: 25
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39 
  • Degree Total: 60 

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2019-2020 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.


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