Courses & Programs

Physics

This degree program prepares students for transfer to public or private four year colleges or universities with a major in physics.

Robert Greeney

Faculty, Physics

Science, Engineering & Math

Frost 360

413.552.2368 (Tel)


Overview

The Physics option prepares students for transfer to public or private four-year colleges or universities with a major in physics. Physics majors can also transfer into programs in other areas of science and non science. Physicists find employment opportunities in industry, government, and education in fields such as physics, engineering, computer software, and business. 

Career Options

Physicists work in industry, government and education in areas such as, physics, engineering, computer software, and business. Explore your options at What Can I Do With This Major?

60 total credits

20 credits General Education Requirements + 12 credits Program Requirements

Several general education and program electives may be taken online.


General Education Requirements

20 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
The study of particle kinematics and dynamics, work and energy, conservation laws of energy and linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, conservation of angular momentum, and simple harmonic motion. Calculus is used throughout the course. Corequisites: MTH 111 or MTH 113
Concepts and principles of electricity and magnetism leading to Maxwell's equations. Topics covered are charge and matter, Gauss' Law, electrical potential, capacitors and dielectrics, current and resistance, magnetic field, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law, inductance, electromagnetic oscillations, alternating current, and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisites: PHS 111 Prerequisite or Corequisite: MTH 112 or MTH 114

Program Requirements

12 CREDITS
Functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, applications, the integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus.NOTE: MTH 162 Applied Calculus is not a substitute for MTH 113 and cannot be used as a prerequisite for MTH 114.Prerequisite: MTH 108 or adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Exam
Antiderivatives, techniques of integration, application, infinite series, approximating functions, Taylor series. Prerequisite: MTH 113 with a grade of C or better, equivalent.
Vectors in two and three dimensions, vector-valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals. Prerequisites: MTH 114

28 credits of electives


(Sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement)

CHM 113  |  Principles of Chemistry I [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: MTH 085, or an equivalent self-paced level, or equivalent score on the math placement exam.

OR
CHM 124  |  Inorganic Chemistry II [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: CHM 113 or CHM 121 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.

CHM 114  |  Principles of Chemistry II [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: CHM 113 or CHM 121 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.

OR
CHM 124  |  Inorganic Chemistry II [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: CHM 113 or CHM 121 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.

CHM 121  |  Inorganic Chemistry I [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: MTH 104 Eligibility; or MTH 104 taken previously or concurrently, or eligible by equivalent score on the math placement test. High school chemistry is recommended.

HUM XX1   |  Humanities Electives [C]
Credits: 3

HUM XX2  |  Humanities Electives [C]
Credits: 3

HUM XX3  |  Humanities Electives [C]
Credits: 3

PHS 201  |  Physics for Engineers and Science Majors III [E]
Credits: 4

Social Science Elective [B]*
Credits: 3

MTH 205  |  Linear Algebra [D]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: MTH 112 or MTH 114, previously or concurrently.

MTH 214  |  Differential Equations [D]
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MTH 212 or MTH 213, previously or concurrently.

*ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, GRT 120, HON 206, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 210, HSV 212, HSV 226, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 210, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217