Bakersfield College


Associate in Science Physics for Transfer

The goal of the program is to help students better understand the using physical world and the analysis of it through mathematical techniques using qualitative and quantitative reasoning. The coursework prepares students to think critically and apply reasoning skills to analyze real world situations. Students will be able to successfully transfer to any institution of higher learning armed with the foundation needed to pursue a baccalaureate degree in physics and will be prepared for careers as physicists in fields such as research, industry and education. Students will complete comprehensive curriculum to meet degree and transfer needs. This new degree builds upon the existing degree’s emphases in mathematical modeling, reasoning and critical thinking skills. In addition, it will guarantee transfer to a California State University in the physics major (or a similar or equivalent program). Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:

  • apply appropriate physical laws and mathematical techniques to analyze various physical situations;
  • perform various scientific experiments and to analyze data to check agreement with theoretical predictions.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of and recognize the processes that explain physical phenomena.
  • apply the methodologies of science when approaching a physics problem.
  • apply logical quantitative and qualitative reasoning in solving physics problems or analyzing arguments.

The Associate in Science degree in Physics for Transfer is designed to prepare students to begin upper division course work in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree (or ultimately a graduate degree) in physics upon transfer to a four-year college or university. Earning this degree should allow the student to become acquainted with the basic knowledge of physics contained in a calculus-based introductory physics sequence and the mathematics that supports that level of competency. The student will demonstrate proficiency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative problem solving, and laboratory science skills. This degree represents a step in a path preparing students for careers in any of the many branches of physics, physics education, and other technical fields, such as some engineering disciplines in which physics is an integral part. To achieve the Physics Associate in Science degree for transfer, the student will need to complete the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major. In order to earn the Physics AS-T, students must complete 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework which includes the CSU General Education or IGETC requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AS-T will be required to complete more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. This degree eliminates the additional Bakersfield College graduation requirements.

Total Units for the Major: 24

Required Core Courses - 24 Units

Course Number Course Title Units
PHYS B4A Mechanics & Wave Motion 4.0 Units
PHYS B4B Heat, Electricity, & Magnetism 4.0 Units
PHYS B4C Optics and Modern Physics 4.0 Units
MATH B6A Analytic Geometry / Calculus I 4.0 Units
MATH B6B Analytic Geometry / Calculus II 4.0 Units
MATH B6C Calculus III 4.0 Units

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.

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