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College Catalog & Student Handbook 2020-2021 
    
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2020-2021

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Associate of Science Degree in Physics

Offered at Main Campus

Students who intend to complete an Associate of Science Degree in Physics and transfer to a four-year institution should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine any additional requirements at the four-year institution. 

The Physics Transfer Major provides a foundation for students interested in the life sciences. Graduates of the Physics Transfer Major will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Physics.  This degree provides a foundation for students interested in physics. It is suitable for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in order to pursue a baccalaureate degree or advanced degrees in physics. The curriculum establishes the necessary foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Use and understand the facts, concepts, and theories of physics.
  2. Use the scientific process and describe the development of scientific ideas.
  3. Employ analytic and problem-solving skills.
  4. Draw inferences from observations and synthesize and integrate information and ideas.
  5. Use higher-order thinking skills in applying learned principles to new problems and real-world situations.
  6. Be successful in upper-level physics courses.

Career Possibilities:

The Associate of Science Degree in Physics Transfer Major graduate has two major options:

  1. Transfer to a four-year institution and complete a baccalaureate degree in physics or a biological science and find employment in a variety of fields.
  2. Transfer to a four-year institution in a pre-professional or professional program and develop a career in bioengineering, chiropractic, clinical laboratory technology, dentistry, education, medicine, occupational or physical therapy,  optometry, pharmacy, plant pathology, or veterinary medicine.

Preparation for IHCC:

Prospective students should have a strong background in mathematics, science, writing, and reading skills. At least one year of high school chemistry, one year of high school geometry, two years of high school algebra, and four years of high school English are highly recommended.

Recommended Courses:

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the physics program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor and the science faculty at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements. 

Program Total: 64 Credits

Term I


Total: 13 Credits


Total: 10 Credits


Term III


  • - Credits: 4.00
  • Literature Elective- Credits: 3.00
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective- Credits: 3.00
  • A.A. Elective- Credits: 3.00

Total: 13 Credits


Term IV


Total: 9 Credits


Term V


Total: 11 Credits


Term VI


Total: 8 Credits


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