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Physics A.S. Degree

This program parallels the first two years of baccalaureate degree programs in physics related fields. The major prepares graduates to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue studies in physics, applied physics, computational physics, astronomy, astrophysics, geology, meteorology, material sciences, and other related fields.

Semester I

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

OR

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

Semester II

Semester III

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

Semester IV

4

Select a Math or Science Elective from the following:

CHM-221 and CHM-227 or SCI-155 or SCI-157 or SCI-158 or MAT-210.

Total Credits: 60

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Master a broad set of knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas of physics (quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, waves, and special relativity).
  • Design and carry out experimental investigations, analyze data with appropriate treatment of errors and uncertainties and form conclusions based on the data and analysis.
  • Demonstrate the process of scientific inquiry by formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, recording data, using regression and error analysis, analyzing data, making valid conclusions, writing laboratory reports, and presenting experimental results to colleagues in both written and verbal formats.
  • Apply critical reasoning skills to model and solve physics related problems and be able to make connections between content learned and real-world example.
  • Acquire interpersonal skills and a willingness to work in team.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Donna Howell, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2592
Contact Email: dhowell@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/natural-sciences/

Frequently Asked Questions

What will students learn if they study Physics - Science Transfer?

Students concentrate on theoretical and applied physics, and mathematics. This prepares them to meet the challenges of advanced physics in professional careers.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Students must have a grade of “C” or better in high school algebra II, geometry, advanced algebra and trigonometry and laboratory chemistry. They must also pass the College’s placement test.

Can students transfer to a four-year college or university?

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all of the lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements with private institutions may provide similar transfer provisions. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at NJTransfer.org to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.