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The Physics Department offers course work satisfying the needs of students wishing to transfer to four-year colleges and other institutions for further study in science and engineering. Those students wishing a basic background in Physics for study in the many fields based upon science and careers in teaching, medicine, agriculture and other sciences will also find course work. For those who transfer to a four-year college, positions for which graduates in Physics are qualified are in research, teaching, engineering, medicine and industry.

TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Physics are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. Four-year graduates in Physics are qualified for positions in research, teaching, engineering, medicine and industry.

Physics for Transfer

AS-T Degree

Physics is a program that provides students of diverse abilities and needs rigorous preparation that affords them opportunities to develop the technical, analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to achieve their wide ranging goals and become lifelong learners. Program curriculum introduces students to the fundamental principles that govern the nature of interactions in the physical world. The curriculum strongly emphasizes both the theoretical and experimental fundamentals in physics. Successful completion of the curriculum in physics prepares the student for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree (AS-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Physics or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. (Students transferring to a CSU campus using IGETC must complete Area 1C Oral Communication to be eligible for admission.)

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to associate degrees for transfer.

Physics

A.S. Degree

The Physics major recognizes a concentration in the field of Physics. Successful completion of the curriculum in Physics and the associated electives prepare Physics students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
For more information, please visit the unofficial Physics Dept. web pages.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Student will be able to correctly apply the appropriate mathematical tools and physical concepts to solve problems and model physical systems at a level commensurate with the level of mathematics required.
  • Students will be able to apply basic physical principles conceptually to explain simple physical systems and everyday phenomena at a level commensurate with the level of mathematics required.
  • Students will be able to utilize technology as an experimental tool at a level commensurate with the curriculum.
  • Students will be able to evaluate, analyze, and interpret scientific data and utilize verbal and written communication skills to share their results of physical measurements at a level commensurate with the curriculum.

Contact

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • (916) 660-7900
  • (916) 630-4501

Sterling Bailey Part-time Instructor, Physics

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Dominic Calabrese Physics Instructor

  • S 107A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Donald Harris Instructor, Physics

  • S 105 A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Shel Randall Part-time Instructor, Physics

  • S 105B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

David Ring Part-time Instructor, Physics

  • S 105B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Aviva Shackell Instructor, Physics

  • S 107 A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

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