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Physics, AS with Designation

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Additional information available on the Physics Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

Physics is concerned with the nature of energy and matter, space and time. The laws of physics govern everything in the universe from the tiniest bit of matter to the largest star. Physics is a prerequisite to any in-depth study of the sciences and technologies. It leads to careers in engineering, astronomy, astronautics, medical research, geophysics, meteorology, and biophysics. This program provides the necessary background for transfer to a four-year school.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Physics degree program, students should be able to:

  • Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems
  • Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus
  • Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data
  • State a conclusion based on findings

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPSC.

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Science Degrees, AS .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Five (5) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Three (3) credit hours.

Natural and Physical Sciences

Ten (10) credit hours

Additional Required Courses

Twenty-four (24) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Please Be Advised

If you choose to take one of these courses (MAT 2431  , MAT 2561 *, MAT 2562 ), it will put you over 60 credits. The courses will transfer but the extra credits may not. That is, the receiving institution may still require the completion of 60 credits for the major.

  • Students planning to transfer to University of Colorado Boulder must take CHE 1112  (not CSC 1060 ) to fulfill this requirement.
  • Students planning to transfer to University of Northern Colorado must take CSC 1060  (not CHE 1112 ) to fulfill this requirement.
  • Students planning to transfer to Fort Lewis College or University of Colorado, Colorado Springs must take both CHE 1112  and CSC 1060 .
  • Students planning to transfer to a receiving institution not listed here may choose either one of these courses

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