Physics, an option of the Associate of Science degree program in Science and Mathematics, prepares students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at four-year colleges and universities leading to careers in a variety of fields including physics, applied physics, engineering physics, biophysics, and medical physics. Physics graduates are employed in academic institutions, research organizations, as well as many industries.
The program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of physics and to strengthen their understanding of concepts in physics through problem-solving and laboratory experiments.
Graduates are able to:
- understand the fundamental principles and laws of physics
- use the principles and laws of physics to analyze and solve physics problems systematically and logically
- apply critical thinking skills, mathematical techniques, and use appropriate computing tools to solve problems in physics
- collect, interpret, and apply theoretical strategies to the analysis of data
- conceive reasonable inferences in response to observations
- synthesize research results for the purposes of discussion and written work
Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities. Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in NJTransfer.org.
NOTE: Students considering transfer to Rutgers University should choose a Global & Cultural Awareness (GCA) General Education course not replicated elsewhere in their curriculum. Students who have already fulfilled the GCA requirement for their Associates of Arts (AA) degree should select an additional Social Sciences or Humanities General Education course.