Physics

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.

Location

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

Hours

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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Ivan Lucatero

Ivan Lucatero
Cal Poly SLO, Aerospace Engineering

I excelled in math and science in school, so engineering was the right fit and I just had to figure out how to get it done. Throughout high school, I took courses at Allan Hancock College (AHC), and graduated as my high school valedictorian. I then attended AHC in search of a smooth transition to a university. I was able to take my lower division engineering courses and form a great relationship with my professors. While at AHC, I received multiple scholarships form the Allan Hancock Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, and MESA-NSF Scholarship. I then attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to pursue an aerospace engineering degree. After just one year at Cal Poly, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious internship programs that NASA offers, the Aeronautics Academy.
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