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

Division: Science

Students completing the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer will be able to seamlessly transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Physics. Students completing this degree will have an introductory foundation for the field of Physics through the study of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics. Students will acquire skills and abilities in identifying, formulating and solving physics problems; designing, conducting and analyzing experiments; and critical thinking.

Program Outcomes

  • Develop the ability to identify, formulate, and solve physics problems.
  • Develop the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret experimental data.
  • Develop the ability to use critical thinking in problem solving.

Transfer & Career Opportunities

This Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer (AS-T) degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for Physics for all CSU campuses. Students planning to transfer to institutions other than the CSU are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. Most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include physics laboratory technician, computer scientist, scientific sales, and high school science teacher.

General Education (37-39 Units)37-39
Select one of the following General Education patterns:
California State University General Education (CSU-GE) *
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) **
Required Courses (25 Units)25
Calculus 1 *
Calculus 2
Calculus 3
Physics 1: Mechanics & Waves *
Physics 2: E&M and Heat
Physics 3: Modern Physics
Electives (2-5 Units)2-5
Select additional transferable courses numbered 1-199 to achieve 60 units
The Science Division recommends the additional units be met by completing one of the following lower division major preparation courses:
General Chemistry 1
Programming Concepts/Method 1
Linear Algebra
Differential Equations

Course(s) meets General Education requirement and 6 units may be double counted above in 1A (CSU GE).


7 units may be double counted above in 1B (IGETC-CSU). IGETC-CSU requires completion of IGETC AREA 1C.

The Associate in Science Degree for Transfer requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a “C” (2.0) average and a “C” or better grade in all required major and restricted electives courses (see Transfer Information and Requirements for additional details).