Physics Emphasis (AA) - 60 credits
Why Choose Physics?
Principles of physics are seen at work in many common aspects of our modern life including energy production, airplanes, medical imaging, computers, and architecture. Studying physics will help you develop skills to solve real-world problems and to appreciate how the universe works.
Physics programs include topics such as:
- Classic and modern physics
- Electricity and magnetism
- Wave properties
- Relativity and quantum theory
- Laboratory methods
- Use of tools such as lasers and mass spectrometers
- Properties of light
- Motion and kinetics
Careers in Physics
Projected Job GrowthAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physicists and astronomers is expected to increase by 14% through 2020.
Types of Jobs
Individuals who study Physics typically pursue careers as:
- College Atmospheric and Space Science Teachers
- College Physics Teachers
- High School Teachers
- Natural Science Managers
Average State PayAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2012), the national median annual salary for physicists was $106,840 ($51.37 per hour) and it was $96,460 ($46.38) for astronomers.
Physics programs teach students about the laws that govern matter and energy.
Degrees & Certificates in Physics
An Associate of Arts (AA) with Emphasis in Physics will prepare you to transfer to a physics or astronomy program at a four-year institution of higher learning. The AA ensures that you have taken the required lower division coursework in physics and mathematics necessary to begin upper division coursework.
The AA also includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and thus will ensure you have satisfied general education coursework for other MnSCU institutions and the University of Minnesota.
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Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles and is the basis of many other sciences. Students who study physics develop a range of skills that can be applied in many areas, including: problem solving, with a pragmatic and analytical approach; constructing logical arguments; applying analytical skills; and grasping complex problems.
An Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Physics from Normandale provides students with fundamental knowledge of physics and mathematics that will ensure that they have the foundation and prerequisites to complete a bachelor's degree in physics at a transfer institution. In addition to the AA with Emphasis in Physics, the physics department at Normandale offers classes that fulfill requirements for students studying mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, engineering, and some health fields. All physics classes at Normandale fulfill Goal 3 (Natural Sciences) of the MnTC.
Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.
|MATH 2510||Calculus 3: Multivariable Calculus||5|
|MATH 2520||Calculus 4: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra||5|
|PHYS 1121||Physics 1 for Scientists and Engineers||5|
|PHYS 1122||Physics 2 for Scientists and Engineers||5|
|PHYS 2250||Modern Physics||4|
General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits
*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options
GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES
GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab)
- Course #1 - met by taking required PHYS courses
- Course #2
- Course - met by taking required MATH courses
GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)
- Course #1
- Course #2
GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments)
- Course #1
- Course #2
Additional Course Requirements
- One Health (HLTH) course.
- One Exercise Science (EXSC) course. (EXSC 1129 is recommended).
- Elective credits - additional course(s) numbered 1000 and above, if needed to complete the 60 credit requirement
Other Degree Requirements
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC.
- Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.