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Physics Associate of Science

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

There are multiple ways to pursue a degree in physics. It is very important to work with your Pathways Advisor to develop the best academic plan for where you are starting and where you are hoping to transfer.

For students who want to complete a degree in physics and are college chemistry and calculus ready, the AS in Physics is the most direct path to a Bachelor’s degree in this field.  It is recommended that you meet with your advisor before selecting a pathway in physics.

Program Description

This program is designed for students transferring to a four-year school to complete their BS or BA degree in Physics. It allows them to complete the first two years of the degree prior to transferring. Students explore advanced applied physics and calculus. The laws of physics govern everything in the universe from the tiniest bit of matter to the largest star. Physics is a prerequisite to any in-depth study of the sciences and technologies and it leads to careers in variety of industries. The physics degree program at FRCC provides the necessary background for transfer to a four-year university.

Learn more about this program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 201Calculus I: GT-MA1

5

CHE 111General College Chemistry I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Courses

3

ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

Total Credit Hours:16
 

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
PHY 211Physics: Calculus-Based I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

MAT 202Calculus II: GT-MA1

5

ENG 122English Composition II: GT-CO2

3

GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Courses

3

Total Credit Hours:16
 

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
PHY 212Physics: Calculus-Based II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

CALCULUS MAT 203/204

4

GEN EDUCSC 160 or CHE 112

4

Total Credit Hours:13

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
PHY 213Physics III: Calculus-Based Modern

3

MATH MAT 261/265/266

3

GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Courses

3

GT- HI1HIS 101/122/225/102/121/247 or Any GT-HI1

3

GT- SSAny Social and Behavior Sciences (GT-SS) Courses

3

Total Credit Hours:15
 

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes: 

Semester Note: Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you may complete ENG 121 (GT-CO1) and ENG 122 (GT-CO2) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) and gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3).

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), if PHY 213, MAT 202, MAT 203 or MAT 204, MAT 265 or MAT 261 or MAT 266, CHE 111, or CSC 160 or CHE 112 credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor's degree as elective credits toward graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), students planning to transfer to the University of Colorado Boulder must take CHE 112 (not CSC 160) to fulfill this requirement (Additional Required Courses). Students planning to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado must take CSC 160 (not CHE 112) to fulfill this requirement (Additional Required Courses). Students planning to transfer to Fort Lewis College or to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs must take both CSC 160 and CHE 112. Students planning to transfer to a receiving institution not specifically listed here, may choose either one of these courses (CHE 112 or CSC 160).

If you take more credits in mathematics than are listed, it will put you over 60 creditsThe courses will transfer, but the extra credits may not. That is, the receiving institution may still require the completion of 60 credits for the major. You must complete 60 credits to earn your Associate of Arts degree. You should not exceed 62 creditsYou may want to check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress and select your electives.