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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.

Skills Acquired

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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
  • Thermodynamics
  • Properties of light
  • Motion and kinetics

Careers in Physics

Projected Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physicists and astronomers is expected to increase by 14% through 2020.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study Physics typically pursue careers as:

  • Astronomers
  • College Atmospheric and Space Science Teachers
  • College Physics Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Natural Science Managers
  • Physicists

 

Average State Pay

According 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.

Description

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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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This degree program 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 includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and thus will also ensure you have satisfied general education coursework for other Minnesota State institutions and the University of Minnesota.

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.

Code Title Credits
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 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

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 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

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

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

  • Course 

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

  • Course

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

Additional Course Requirements

  • One Health (HLTH) course.
  • One Exercise Science (EXSC) course.
  • 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.