Physics Concentration
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 satisfied by program
Science and Technology From Area 5 satisfied by program
Humanities From Area 6 3
CONCENTRATION COURSES
College Physics I/Lab PHY251 4 MAT281; see note*
College Physics II/Lab PHY252 4 PHY251; pre/co-req MAT282; see note*
Calculus I MAT281 4 MAT196 or MAT197
Calculus II MAT282 4 MAT281
Calculus III MAT283 4 MAT282
Ordinary Differential Equations MAT285 4 MAT282
Linear Algebra MAT291 4 MAT281
General Chemistry I/Lab CHM201 4 MAT197 and ENG111; see note*
General Chemistry II/Lab CHM202 4 CHM201; see note*
Computer Elective or Introduction to Engineering CIT or ENR101 3 MAT194 or placement
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Social Science Elective 3
Total Credits 66

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*Note: All science, engineering, and math courses that are pre or co-requisites of other science and engineering courses require a grade of C+ or better.

Concentration Overview

This concentration prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to seek bachelors’ degrees in physical science or physics. After transferring, students study to become more proficient in one or more of the divisions of the physical sciences; e.g., theoretical physics, particle physics, astrophysics, biophysics, or applied physics. Graduates of the concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to one of the Massachusetts State Universities or the University of Massachusetts. For current information on eligible programs, visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration should transfer to a four-year college or university because employment opportunities in physical science such as lab technicians usually require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Professional positions such as researchers or college instructors usually require a minimum of a master’s degree.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the connections between the major concepts and theories in the field of physics. 
  • Analyze and create solutions for problems involving principles of physics. 
  • Apply mathematical techniques in scientific problem solving. 
  • Properly report on the findings of a designed experiment.

 

Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously. See page 173.