Physics, Science Area of Concentration, Associate of Science

This area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Physics. Beyond the General Education requirements and options, this concentration should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a transfer coordinator or an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. solve calculus-based physics problems;
  2. perform physics experiments and write coherent laboratory reports;
  3. apply Newton's laws of motion and law of universal gravitation;
  4. apply the laws of conservation of energy, linear momentum and angular momentum;
  5. derive and apply Maxwell's equations and Ohm's relationship;
  6. apply the laws of thermodynamics;
  7. derive and apply the wave and particle natures of light;
  8. derive and apply concepts of special relativity;
  9. construct semi-classical and quantum models of atomic behavior; and
  10. use conservation laws to analyze subatomic particle interactions.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

  • PHYS 252 - General Physics III
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Elective 2-3 Credit(s).
  • Program Elective (MATH 259 recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Important Information

Short Description

This area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree in Physics. Physics is the study of matter, energy, motion, and force.

Type of Credential

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Science
Area of Concentration - Physics

Program Code

A 250

Contacts and Additional Information

Coordinators for Physics:

Catonsville and Owings Mills Coordinator: Year-Round
Eric Cotton
443-840-5932 or

Dundalk Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Linda Prentice
443-840-3480 or

Essex Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
MJ Clark
443-840-3486 or

Assistant Dean of Science:

Christine DeStefano
443-840-2673 or

Additional Information:


Courses Needed for this Area of Concentration*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity course. 

  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Select credits from the following list of electives to attain 60 credits for the degree.  A student's selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits.  Additional courses beyond those listed below may be used to complete the degree requirements with the approval of the Program Coordinator/Academic Dean.  Electives should be chosen based on the requirements of the transfer institution.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**In order to take CHEM 131, students must have done one of the following:

  • Completed CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 with a grade of C or better, OR
  • Passed the Chemistry placement exam and completed or tested out of (ENGL 052 and RDNG 052) or ACLT 052, and MATH 083, OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.

***In order to take PHYS 151, students must have completed MATH 251 with a C or higher and done one of the following:

  • Completed PHYS 101 OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.