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Physics, Associate of Science Degree in Science and Mathematics

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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

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credits 63-67

1 CHEM 103 General Chemistry I  and CHEM 104 General Chemistry II  are recommended.
BIOL 101 General Biology I  and BIOL 102 General Biology II  are only for students interested in Biophysics or Medical Physics.

2 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list.  PHYS 120 Introduction to Astronomy  or MATH 256 Linear Algebra   is recommended for the Science or Mathematics course.

3 Students who pass the technological competency test (no credit) may take any course from the Computer Science (CISY) Electives List . CISY 103 Computer Concepts and Programming   is a prerequisite for some programming electives.

4 Select a Programming Elective course from the Computer Science (CISY) Electives List . ENGR 108 Introduction to Computing for Engineers and Scientists  is recommended.


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