Physics explains the fundamental laws of the universe and introduces important concepts that are essential for understanding all the other branches of science such as chemistry and biology. With a strong foundation in the concepts of physics, students will be better equipped to understand the beauty and complexity of the world around them. The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree provides a foundation in physics and mathematics for students planning to transfer into a baccalaureate program in physics or physics education. This background should provide students with the tools to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree.
Students who complete the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.
MSJC offers a range of course work to prepare students for the workforce or to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. All four-year institutions prescribe their own standards for course evaluation and admissions. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an associate degree in this program might not be the same as those required for transfer into a similar major at a four-year university.
Transfer students are advised to do research on prospective majors and careers through the Career/Transfer Center and the MSJC catalog. Students interested in transferring to CSU’s or UC’s can access major preparation by visiting http://www.assist.org. All students are advised to meet with a counselor at least once a semester to create or update their comprehensive education plan.
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- Present a clear, reasoned, well-supported, clearly-organized argument, demonstrating college-level reading, writing and math skills.
- Recognize physics as a process of developing, drafting, revising, and editing.
- Conduct research appropriate to a narrowly specific topic, understanding how to find and evaluate the credibility of sources, incorporating information, concepts, and ideas from outside sources through summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting to develop strong, well-supported arguments, citing sources according to Modern Language Association guidelines.
- Analyzing texts and numerical problems, recognizing the arguments and concepts presented, and construct an effective, mathematical, argumentative or persuasive response, synthesizing information, concepts, and ideas from various sources and including that knowledge in effective, well-reasoned arguments.
- Demonstrate understanding of acknowledged methods of critical problem solving in analysis of complex physics related problems.
- Analyze a variety of laboratory experiments to understand critical physical concepts.
Discover in-demand careers and education options based on your interests! See the list of careers below or explore further by searching for Careers or Programs.
Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer. Labor market statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, O-NET, EMSI.
|Career/Industries||CA Annual Median Salary or Range||Employment Demand or Opening CA|
|Engineering (B) (Nanosystems, Chemical, Electronic) (B, M, D)||$60,416-$147,997||1,568|
|Research Scientist (B, M)||$53,359-$96,406||130|
|Physics Teachers, Postsecondary (D)||$33,645-$175,480||15,241|
|Physicists (M, D)||$60,760-$168,866||316|
(degree required: SM some college, C: Certificate, A: Associate degree, B: Bachelor’s degree, M: Master’s degree, D: Doctorate)