Jul 20, 2024  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Physics: AS

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Associate of Science | 63 credits minimum

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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 
Course fees: $50

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Composition (EN): ENGL 1010 and
                                 ENGL 2100

Quantitative Literacy (QL): MATH 1210

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

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • Physics AS: Full-time  
  • If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • 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. [1]
  • Organize, present, and explain - both orally and in writing - solutions to physics problems. Communicate well in a group setting. [2]
  • 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. [3]
  • 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. [4,5]

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