SLCC General Catalog

Physics AS

CTE Associate of Science (AS)
63 credits minimum

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Program Description

Physics includes the study of physics and astronomy.  All 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 student  
  2. A non-calculus, two-semester series for professionals and technicians (other than engineers)
  3. A three-semester series of calculus-based physics for engineering students.

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 Chemistry 1220/1225.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 6 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing (EN)

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

ENGL 2010

Intermediate Writing (EN)

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 4 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1210

Calculus I (QL)

4

A

Within the last year MATH 1060 or 1080 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits From One Of The Following

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ECON 1740

Econ History of US (AI)

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

HIST 1700

American Civilization (AI)

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

POLS 1100

US Govt & Politics (AI)

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

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).

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

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


Required Courses: (31 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

CHEM 1210

Gen Chem I

4

F, Sp

 MATH 1050 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score.  Recommended coreq: CHEM 1215

CHEM 1215

Gen Chem Lab I

1

F, Sp

 MATH 1050 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score.  Recommended coreq: CHEM 1215

MATH 1220

Calculus II

4

A

Within last year, MATH 1210 w/C grade or better

MATH 2210

Multivariate Calculus

3

A

Within last year, MATH 1220 w/C grade or better

MATH 2250

Diff Equations

4

F, Sp

Within last year, MATH 1220 w/C grade or better. Optional coreq: MATH 2210 required departmental approval

PHYS 2210

Physics Sci & Eng I

4

A

MATH 1210. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2215

PHYS 2215

Physics Sci & Eng Lab I

1

A

MATH 1210. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2210

PHYS 2220

Physics Sci & Eng II

4

A

PHYS 2210 and MATH 1220. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2225

PHYS 2225

Physics Sci & Eng Lab II

1

A

PHYS 2210 and MATH 1220. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2220

PHYS 2500

Computer Methods

2

F

PHYS 2210. Recommended prereq: PHYS 2220

PHYS 2710

Intro Modern Physics

3

Sp

MATH 2210, PHYS 2220, PHYS 2225 w/C grade or better. Recommended prereq: MATH 2250


Department Offerings

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PHYS 1010

Elem Physics (PS)

3

A

 

PHYS 1040

Elem Astronomy (PS)

3

A

 

PHYS 2010

College Physics I

4

A

MATH 1060 or 1080. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2015

PHYS 2015

College Physics Lab 1

1

A

MATH 1060 or 1080. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2010

PHYS 2020

College Physics II

4

A

PHYS 2010. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2025

PHYS 2025

College Physics Lab 11

1

A

PHYS 2010. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2020

PHYS 2210

Physics Sci & Eng II

4

A

MATH 1210. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2215

PHYS 2211

Physics Problem Session

1

A

 

PHYS 2215

Physics Sci & Eng Lab 1

1

A

MATH 1210. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2210

PHYS 2220

Physics Sci & Eng II

4

A

PHYS 2210 and MATH 1220. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2225

PHYS 2221

Physics Problem Session

1

A

 

PHYS 2225 Physics Sci & Eng Lab II 1 A PHYS 2210 and MATH 1220. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2220
PHYS 2500 Computer Methods 2 F PHYS 2210. Recommended prereq: PHYS 2220
PHYS 2710 Intro Modern Physics 3 Sp MATH 2210, PHYS 2220, PHYS 2225 w/C grade or better. Recommended prereq: MATH 2250

Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

CHEM 1210

4

MATH 1220

4

CHEM 1215

1

PHYS 2210

4

ENGL 1010

3

PHYS 2215

1

MATH 1210

4

DISTRIBUTION

3

DISTRIBUTION

3

LW

1

Total

15

Total

16

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

STUDENT CHOICE

3

MATH 2250

4

ENGL 2010

3

PHYS 2710

3

MATH 2210

3

AI

3

PHYS 2220

4

DISTRIBUTION (2)

6

PHYS 2225

1

 

 

PHYS 2500

2

 

 

Total

16

Total

16


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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire substantive knowledge of fundamental physics principles in mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, wave optics, and modern physics.
  • Demonstrate competency using a spreadsheet program to solve and analyze physical situations.
  • Be prepared for further study in physics or a related discipline at a four-year college or university.
1 – Substantive Knowledge
  • Organize, present, and explain – both orally and in writing – solutions to physics problems.
  • Communicate well in a group setting.
2 – Communicate Effectively
  • Use and interpret information represented as data and graphs.
  • Use appropriate mathematical techniques and physics concepts to analyze data.
  • Apply concepts and methods of inquiry appropriate to physics problems.

3 – Develop Quantitative Literacy

  • Demonstrate effective problem solving.
  • Critically analyze physics problems and solutions for validity.
  • Make connections across disciplines such as engineering, medicine, and biology.
  • Apply scientific method to the inquiry process.
4 – Think Critically
Department Contact Info

Division of Natural Sciences
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 341
801-957-4944

General Information
801-957-4073

Physics Program

Academic Advising
SI 209
801-957-4858

Program Faculty

Associate Professor
Trina Van Ausdal

Assistant Professors
David Schaffer
Jonathan Barnes