PHYSICS

A.S. DEGREE

Description
The Physics A.S. degree program prepares students to transfer and earn a Baccalaureate degree in Physics or a related area, by providing both physics and general education courses that parallel the first two years at a four-year institution. 

Program Learning Outcomes
1.Solve various problems by applying a fundamental understanding of the basic principles of physics and mathematics
2.Design and conduct experiments 
3.Analyze and interpret the results of experiments
4.Develop skill in using computers for data acquisition and analysis
5.Develop skill in using computers for mathematical modeling
6.Display effective presentation/communication skills


Requirements for Program Entrance
Physics requirement: Regents Physics (exam score >/= 70) OR PHY 145 (grade of C or better).

Math requirement: HS Precalculus (exam score >/= 83) OR Level 10 Math at MCC OR MTH 175 (grade of C or better). 

Chemistry requirement: Regents Chemistry (exam score >/= 70) OR CHE 145 (grade of C or better).


Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours

CHE 151 General College Chemistry I 
4
MTH 210 Calculus I
4
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE 3
Total
16
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

CHE 152 General College Chemistry II 
4
MTH 211 Calculus II
4
PHY 161 University Physics I
4
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY***, OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATION ELECTIVE*
3
Total
15
THIRD SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours

PHY 261 University Physics II
4
MTH 212 Calculus III
4
CSC 101 Introduction to Computer Science OR ENR 261 Matlab Programming*
4
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - THE ARTS OR FOREIGN LANGUAGES ELECTIVE 3
Total
18
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

PHY 262 Modern Physics
4
MTH 225 Differential Equations
4
MTH 230 Linear Algebra
4
ELECTIVE
3
Total
15
TOTAL CREDITS
64

*ENR 261 requires completion of ENR 161 with a grade of C or better.
**If below 85 on US History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 111, HIS 112
If 85 or above on US History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 211, HIS 240, HSM 103, POS 102