Program Overview

An Associate of Science in Physics for Transfer degree (AS-T) from Skyline College prepares students for transfer to a baccalaureate institution to obtain a degree in Physics or a closely related discipline. The program is designed to teach students analytical skills, mathematical techniques and knowledge of physics in both the theoretical and experimental domains, as appropriate to prepare students for subsequent upper division course work in the same or similar arenas. The theoretical foundation is laid for mechanics, oscillations and waves, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. In laboratory, students are introduced to various measurement techniques and instruments including computerized data collection, and learn to model data and interpret it statistically to produce appropriate conclusions about the natural world. The program will produce students well prepared to transfer to the California State University system to undertake a study of upper division theoretical and/or experimental course work in Physics.

The Associate of Science in Physics for Transfer degree (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in Physics or a closely related discipline at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the degree will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending the transfer to a particular university of college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a Skyline College counselor for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements.

NOTE: Students should consult a Skyline College counselor for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements.

A grade of "C" or better is required for each course applied to the major. Major course requirements may also be applied to meet general education requirements.

Physics (AS-T) Requirements

Required Courses Units
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I 4 units
PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II 4 units
PHYS 270 Physics with Calculus III 4 units
MATH 251 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 units
MATH 252 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5 units
MATH 253 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 5 units
Total Required Major Units: 27

General Education - certified completion of one of the following:

  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern

Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Up to, but no more than 6 units may be double-counted for general education and major requirements. In practice, this means only one major course may be counted; all required major courses are 4 or 5 units; therefore any two courses would exceed the 6 unit limit. As always, consult with a counselor to develop an optimum plan. This degree does not require the Skyline Associate Degree Requirements.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.