Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer Degree (AS-T)


This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Physics major to achieve an Associate in Science Degree in Physics for Transfer (AS-T in Physics) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. This degree provides valuable quantitative and problem-solving skills that are in demand by employers hiring, e.g., lab technicians, or in a variety of fields such as manufacturing and education. Of people who obtain a terminal bachelor’s degree in physics, about half work in industry, in fields such as aerospace, military, software, and electronics. Most of the other half work either as high school teachers or as lab technicians at universities or government-funded laboratories. PhD’s in physics are qualified for teaching at the university level and for scientific research, as well as for higher-level jobs in the same areas as those with bachelor’s degrees. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division course work in Physics or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university’s requirements.

Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746–66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AS-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. The completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the Physics field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

To earn an AS-T in Physics students must complete the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 24 semester units or 36 quarter units in the Physics major with a minimum grade of “C”;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC);
  3. completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable course work; and
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Courses Are Listed in Suggested Sequence
PHYS 221 CGeneral Physics I4
PHYS 222 CGeneral Physics II4
PHYS 223 CGeneral Physics III4
MATH 150ACCalculus I4
MATH 150BCCalculus II4
MATH 250ACMultivariable Calculus4
Total Units24