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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Guided Pathway Division

The physics program provides students with the ability to use and develop problem solving strategies that apply to physical  concepts involving mechanics, thermodynamics, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Laboratory activities establish a foundation in measurement and analysis techniques necessary to test, understand, and apply physical concepts. Upon completion of the program requirements, students will be prepared to transfer and major in physics. Competency will be assessed by evaluating the student's ability to quantitatively and qualitatively determine the results of physical situations. The Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing the AS-T are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn an AS-T degree, students must complete:

  1.  Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
  2.  The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education –
     Breadth Requirements.
  3.  A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  4.  Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  5.  A grade of "C" or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students who have completed the AS-T will have a strong academic foundation in the field and will be prepared for upper division baccalaureate study at the university. The coursework will satisfy most of the lower-division requirements at many institutions within the California State University system. Students transferring to a UC, private, or out-of-state university should consult with a Compton counselor when planning to complete the degree since transfer requirements may be slightly different than those  required for the AS-T

Program Goals and Objectives:

  • Applying Relevant Principles: Students will trace the development of a scientific ideas from gathering of data through development of a hypothesis to testing a prediction.
  • Solving Physics: Problems Students will make scientific measurements and demonstrate the difference between disagreement and error.
  • Data Collection & Analysis: Students will read a simple graph or diagram and interpret the results appropriately.

Course Catalog (PDF)

Majors Preparation Work Sheets (Counseling webpage)

Contact Information:

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guided Pathway Division

Abiodun Osanyinpeju, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Learning

Donald Roach, Ph.D.
Division Chair

Physics Faculty:

Kent Schwitkis, Ph.D.

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