Students in the Physics Lab

Program Overview

The associate degree program in physics prepares students to begin upper-division work leading to a baccalaureate degree in physics or engineering physics. It also provides some of the support courses required for the baccalaureate degree.

The graduate of the AA program in physics will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental laws of physics and physical terminology.
  • Apply physical principles to solve a variety of simple problems.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of physical apparatus for testing and observing physical theories.
  • Write scientific reports on a given experiment indicating the significance of the experiment and the degree to which the results verify a principle or law.
  • Analyze complex problems to identify single principle components and synthesize solutions from multiple concepts.


Santa Maria Campus, Bldg M
805-922-6933 ext. 3202


Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Closed during June and July 


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