ADT in Physics

Physics, a natural science, is the scientific study of matter and energy and of the interaction between the two. This Associate Degree for Transfer in Physics (ADT) provides students with an understanding of the physical world, both conceptually and in the language of mathematics. The degree prepares students for pre-professional careers and for curriculum at four year institutions leading to a baccalaureate degree in areas such as physics, astrophysics, geophysics, mathematics, and engineering. Students who complete this degree will be guaranteed admission with junior status to the California State University system, and will be given priority admission to our local CSU campus.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
PHYS 201Physics A: Mechanics5
PHYS 202Physics B: Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism5
PHYS 203Physics C: Waves, Optics & Modern Physics5
MATH 190Calculus with Analytic Geometry l5
MATH 191Calculus with Analytic Geometry ll5
MATH 210Calculus with Analytic Geometry lll5
Total Units30

A.S.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Physics A.S.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Understand and apply fundamental physics principles conceptually and mathematically using the appropriate computational skills.
  2. Distinguish between scientific and non-scientific questions and methods by critically analyzing scientific information.
  3. Develop problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills and apply them in order to develop an understanding of interactions in the physical world.
  4. Think logically and coherently about technical/scientific issues in order to understand the complex problems involved in science and engineering and to gain an appreciation for the global social and political impact of scientific endeavors.
  5. Be adept at using computers for word processing, data acquisition and analysis, and/or web-based research as appropriate for each course. For laboratory courses, students will demonstrate fundamental aptitudes in the proper use of mechanical, electrical and/or other appropriate devices.