Jul 20, 2024  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Physics: AS

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Associate of Science | 63 credits minimum

Natural Sciences and Engineering Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 341
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4944
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate Professor - Trina Van Ausdal, Jonathan Barnes
Assistant Professors - David Schaffer

Program Description
Physics includes the study of physics and astronomy. Classes are transferable to other schools in the state system of higher education and most other universities and colleges.

Physics classes are offered at three levels:

  1. General survey classes for fulfilling a General Education requirement for non-technical students
  2. A non-calculus, two-semester series for professionals and technicians (other than engineers)
  3. A four-semester series of calculus-based physics for physics majors.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Students planning to transfer to Utah Valley University should take MATH 2280  in place of MATH 2250 ; there may be additional electives available for transfer as well. Students planning to transfer to Utah State University, Weber State University and the University of Utah may also take CHEM 1220 /CHEM 1225 .

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Acquire substantive knowledge of fundamental physics principles in mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, wave optics, and modern physics.
Demonstrate competency using a spreadsheet program to solve and analyze physical situations.
Be prepared for further study in physics or a related discipline at a four-year college or university.


Organize, present, and explain - both orally and in writing - solutions to physics problems.
Communicate well in a group setting.


Use and interpret information represented as data and graphs.
Use appropriate mathematical techniques and physics concepts to analyze data.
Apply concepts and methods of inquiry appropriate to physics problems.


Demonstrate effective problem solving.
Critically analyze physics problems and solutions for validity.
Make connections across disciplines such as engineering, medicine, and biology.
Apply scientific method to the inquiry process.


General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 4 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV)

NOTE: Physical Science (PS)  general education component is satisfied through pre-major coursework. 

Graduation Map

Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. Unless otherwise noted, all of the followiing courses are taught each semester. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment. More information is available at the department website: http://www.slcc.edu/physics/index.aspx

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