PROGRAM CODE: 01042
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. John Mikalopas
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICAL SCIENCES
The Physics AS degree is designed to provide students the foundation in physics and related physical sciences and mathematics courses in preparation for transfer to baccalaureate programs. Courses focus on understanding fundamental laws, theories, and ideas of physics and their application to analyze problems, understanding underlying technological developments, scientific discovery, matters of public policy and concern in relation to physics and related physical sciences, and support quantitative reasoning, scientific writing, and research.
The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. If you enrolled as a matriculant prior to that, please see the College Catalog for the year you started the major as a matriculant for the curriculum requirements that apply to you.
Consultation with the Program Advisor is required.
Degree Map for Physics, A.S.
Your Degree Map contains the suggested term-by-term course sequence for your academic path towards graduation.
To ensure successful and timely completion of your degree, it is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your unique map.
Please note some courses may only be offered once an academic year.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the Physics degree program requirements, graduates will:
- be able to understand the fundamental laws, theories, and ideas of Physics (and related Mathematics and Physical Sciences)
- be able to evaluate and express empirical evidence supporting the fundamental laws, theories, and ideas of Physics (and related Mathematics and Physical Sciences)
- be able to apply the fundamental laws, theories, and ideas of Physics (and related Mathematics and Physical Sciences) to analyze problems or questions
- be able use the tools and methods of Physics (and related Mathematics and Physical Sciences) to gather, analyze, and interpret data
- be able to express themselves effectively in written exams and laboratory reports using the terminology, notations, and symbols of Physics (and related Mathematics and Physical Sciences)
- be able to understand the basic principles of Physics (and related Mathematics and Physical Sciences) underlying technological developments, scientific discovery, and matters of public policy and concern
English and Math proficient as determined by the CUNY Proficiency Index, unless otherwise exempt, or successful completion of any required developmental course(s).
Civic Engagement Experiences:
One (1) Civic Engagement experience satisfied by Civic Engagement Certified or Civic Engagement Component course or approved outside activity.
Required Core (4 Courses, 13 Credits):
When Required Core Courses are specified for a category, they are required for the major
Flexible Core (6 Courses, 20 Credits):
When Flexible Core Courses are specified for a category, they are required for the major
One course from each Group A to D (Group E is satisfied by the courses shown).
No more than two courses can be selected from the same discipline
A. World Cultures and Global Issues Designated Course
B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Designated Course
C. Creative Expression Designated Course
D. Individual and Society Designated Course
E. Scientific World Designated Courses*
Major Requirements (8 Courses, 26 to 27 Credits):
0 to 1 credits sufficient to meet required total of 60 credits
^ Depending on Math placement, students may be required to select MAT 1000
* This program has a waiver to require particular courses in the Common Core, otherwise more than the minimum credits for the degree may be necessary.