Additional information available on the Physics Department website.
Recommended basic skills courses 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Physics program, students should be able to:
- Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
- Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
- Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems
- Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus
- Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data
- State a conclusion based on findings
Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.
Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPCC.
Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Science Degrees, AS .
Six (6) credit hours
Five (5) credit hours
Arts and Humanities
Nine (9) 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