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Physics

Study the science of the physical world at Arapahoe Community College and earn a Physics degree that will transfer to 4-year universities in Colorado.

Science Student

Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its motion, and behavior through space and time, and is one of the oldest academic disciplines. Its study has led to the discovery of electricity, flight, transistors, and nuclear energy, and some of the most well-known scientists, including Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, and Sally Ride, were physicists.

By studying physics at ACC, you could follow in their footsteps, helping to understand the physical world and the causes of its phenomena. If topics such as quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and cosmology really get your gears turning, then our Associate of Science in Physics is a great way to get started in a field with opportunities for both career growth and self-fulfillment. Our AS degree in Physics is designed to transfer, so you can continue to Move Mountains in your education after you graduate.

Henry Weigel
Faculty / Department Chair
Physical Sciences
henry.weigel [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

In studying the science of physics, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use graphical methods to document results and analyze problems
  • Analyze physical situations and apply physical laws to solve problems
  • Communicate scientific ideas and methods clearly in writing

CIP 240199 (PHYD)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (36 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)

ENG 122 - English Composition II: GT-CO2 3 Credits

Mathematics (5 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • GT - Three GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GTAH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (10 credit hours)
Additional Required Courses (24 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Note(s):

*Please be advised: If you choose one of these courses, it will put you over 60 credits. The 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.

2 Students planning to transfer to University of Colorado Boulder must take CHE 112 (not CSC 160) to fulfill this requirement.
3 Students planning to transfer to University of Northern Colorado must take CSC 160 (not CHE 112) to fulfill this requirement.
4 Students planning to transfer to Fort Lewis College or University of Colorado Colorado Springs must take both CSC 160 and CHE 112
5 Students planning to transfer to a receiving institution not listed here may choose either one of these courses.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if they anticipate transferring to a 4-year institution or completing graduate work in the sciences or health professions. It should be noted that per Colorado Revised Statute, §23-1-125(1)(e), general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (gtPathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

Because of its highly mathematical and technical nature, a degree in physics can prepare you for a wide range of scientific and non-scientific careers. Some of the jobs the you could have in the future include: