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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, AS with Designation

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Additional information available on the Physics Department website at www.ppcc.edu/degrees-certificates/physics.

Recommended basic skills standards are

Physics is concerned with the nature of energy and matter, space and time. The laws of physics govern everything in the universe from the tiniest bit of matter to the largest star. Physics is a prerequisite to any in-depth study of the sciences and technologies. It leads to careers in engineering, astronomy, astronautics, medical research, geophysics, meteorology, and biophysics. This program provides the necessary background for transfer to a four-year school.

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPCC.

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Science Degrees, AS .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Five (5) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Three (3) credit hours.

Natural and Physical Sciences

Ten (10) credit hours

Additional Required Courses

Twenty-four (24) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Please Be Advised

If you choose to take one of these courses (MAT 204 , MAT 261 *, MAT 266 *), it will put you over 60 credits. The courses will transfer but the extra credits may not. That is, the receiving institution may still require the completion of 60 credits for the major.

  • Students planning to transfer to University of Colorado Boulder must take CHE 112  (not CSC 160 ) to fulfill this requirement.
  • Students planning to transfer to University of Northern Colorado must take CSC 160  (not CHE 112 ) to fulfill this requirement.
  • Students planning to transfer to Fort Lewis College or University of Colorado, Colorado Springs must take both CSC 160  and CHE 112 .
  • Students planning to transfer to a receiving institution not listed here may choose either one of these courses

Total Credit Hours: 60

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