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Degree Transfer Degree
Areas of Study Physical Sciences

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer Degree (AS-T in Physics) provides students with the opportunity to meet the requirements for transfer to the California State University system in Physics or a similar major. In order to earn this degree a student must complete 60 required semester units of CSU transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Completing this degree guarantees admission to the CSU system but not to a particular campus or major. The degree is designed to prepare students for upper division study in Physics and related fields. Physics graduates at the bachelor’s level are qualified for employment by industry or government in a variety of technical positions. They also frequently enter graduate programs to pursue advanced degrees in Physics or related fields. Physics graduates are often well qualified for admission into professional programs in medicine or law. Those students interested in teaching at the high school level should know that the nation is experiencing a shortage of well qualified physics teachers. Current and prospective community college students interested in this degree are encouraged to meet with a Counselor to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate physical principles and use appropriate mathematical techniques to analyze a given real world physical problem.
  • Demonstrate basic experimental knowledge including experimental design, data analysis including error analysis, and interpretation of results.
  • Use computers and other technology as experimental and modeling tools.
  • Meet the requirements for transfer to a California State University with a major in Physics.


In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. 

Required Core

  • PHYS 4A*# Physics (Mechanics) 4
  • PHYS 4B*# Physics (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
  • PHYS 4C*# Physics (Heat, Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics) 4
  • MATH 3A*# Calculus 3A 4
  • MATH 3B*# Calculus 3B 5
  • MATH 4A*# Calculus 4A 4
Additional Recommended Preparation

While these additional courses are not required for this degree, completing these courses will better prepare students for upper division coursework in physics. Some of these may be required for the Bachelor’s degree. Check the catalog for the CSU campus to which you plan to transfer.

  • CHEM 1A/1B General Chemistry (10 units)
  • MATH 4B Differential Equations (4 units)
  • MATH 6 Linear Algebra (3 units)

*May be used to fulfill CSU General Education requirements. See a counselor.

#May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor.

Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 25

General Education: 37-39

General Electives: 2-5**

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units 

**Number will vary depending on units that double count.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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