Oct 02, 2022  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Physics: AS

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Associate of Science l 63 credits minimum

Division of Natural Sciences
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, SI 341, (801) 957-4944
General Information, (801) 957-4073

Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advising, SI 209, (801) 957-4858

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 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
1a. Acquire substantive knowledge of fundamental physics principles in mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, wave optics, and modern physics.
1b. Demonstrate competency using a spreadsheet program to solve and analyze physical situations.
1c. Be prepared for further study in physics or a related discipline at a fouryear college or university.
2a. Organize, present, and explain - both orally and in writing - solutions to physics problems.
2b. Communicate well in a group setting.
3a. Use and interpret information represented as data and graphs.
3b. Use appropriate mathematical techniques and physics concepts to analyze data.
3c. Apply concepts and methods of inquiry appropriate to physics problems.
4a. Demonstrate effective problem solving.
4b. Critically analyze physics problems and solutions for validity.
4c. Make connections across disciplines such as engineering, medicine, and biology.
4d. Apply scientific method to the inquiry process.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 4 Credits

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from One of the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Social Science (SS)   3

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

Sample Schedule

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. The semesters in which courses are taught are listed below. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment.

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