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Physics

Associate in Science

Minimum of 61-62 credit hours
People in the physics concentration focus on the characteristics of matter and energy and their relationship to each other. Through courses in various types of physics, students investigate dynamics, magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, heat, sound and other physical phenomena. In addition, students develop efficient investigative skills and learn to accurately analyze and report their findings. Students who earn associate degrees in science from Oklahoma City Community College are well prepared to continue their studies at a four-year college or university. After graduating, they find job opportunities in education, astronomy, geology and meteorology, as well as in government, private industry and with the aerospace industry.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    SCL 1001 Success in College and Life 1 Life Skills  
    MATH 2104 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4 Gen Ed  
    CHEM 1115 General Chemistry I 5 Gen Ed  
    ENGL 1113 English Composition I 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    PHYS 2014 Engineering Physics I 4 Major
    MATH 2214 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4 Gen Ed  
    CHEM 1215 General Chemistry II 5 Support  
    ENGL 1213 English Composition II 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    PHYS 2114 Engineering Physics II 4 Major
    MATH 2314 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 4 Major  
    POLSC 1113 American Federal Government 3 Gen Ed  
    BIO Biological Science 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    HIST 1483 U.S. History to The Civil War  OR Gen Ed  
    HIST 1493 U.S. History Since The Civil War 3 Gen Ed  
    CS 1143 Beginning Programming  OR Support  
    FA SUPPORT Faculty Approved Support Electives 3 Support  
    SOC SC Social Science Elective 3 Gen Ed  
    HUM Humanities Elective 3 Gen Ed  
    GEN ED Gen Ed Elective 3 Gen Ed  
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (12 credit hours) Physics: (B) PHYS 2014; (B) PHYS 2114; Mathematics: MATH 2314

    General Education Courses: (40-41 credit hours) English: ENGL 1113; ENGL 1213; History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493; Political Science: POLSC 1113; Chemistry: CHEM 1115; *Biological Science: Three to four credit hours of general education; Humanities: Six credit hours; Social Science: Three credit hours; Mathematics: MATH 2104; MATH 2214; General Education Elective: 2-3

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: (8 credit hours) Chemistry: CHEM 1215; Computer Programming: CS 1143 or Faculty Approved Support Elective

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This program is designed for students planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university. See the front general section for information and requirements about University Parallel/Transfer Programs.

  • Course Descriptions

    Biological Science

    BIO - Biological Science
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Biological Science

    Chemistry

    CHEM 1115 - General Chemistry I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; MATH 1513 or MATH 1533, or both MATH 0403 and High School Chemistry or CHEM 1123. A grade of
    5CREDITS

    This course is designed for science and engineering majors. The course covers nomenclature, atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, acid/base and other aqueous reactions, states of matter, phase changes, gas laws, and an introduction to thermochemistry. Laboratory experience is an integral part of the course.

    CHEM 1215 - General Chemistry II
    Prerequisites: CHEM 1115 with a grade of "C" or better; MATH 1513 or MATH 1533 with a grade of “C” or better.
    5CREDITS

    This course is a continuation of CHEM 1115 with emphasis on thermochemistry, intermolecular forces, properties of solutions, acid/base properties, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. Laboratory is an integral part of the course.

    Computer Science

    CS 1143 - Beginning Programming
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0303 or adequate math placement test score or by evaluation. § Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    3CREDITS

    Designed for Computer Science majors, this course affords students a basic understanding of computer programming. Students will utilize accepted programming concepts and perform number system conversions and arithmetic. in addition, they will design and code structured modular programs using design tools such as hierarchy charts, flowcharts, and pseudocode. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    Electives

    FA SUPPORT - Faculty Approved Support Electives
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Faculty approved support electives

    GEN ED - Gen Ed Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    General Education elective

    HUM - Humanities Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Humanities elective

    SOC SC - Social Science Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Social Science elective

    English

    ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - English Composition II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. History to The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1877 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, students will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in their society and help resolve conflict in society based on the student’s search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past. A general education requirement.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. History Since The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Mathematics

    MATH 2104 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
    Prerequisites: MATH 1533 and MATH 1613 or adequate math placement test score.
    4CREDITS

    The student will compute, interpret, and apply the basic concepts of limits, differentiation, and integration to algebraic and transcendental functions and will solve applied problems that include rates of change, optimization, area, and total change in a function. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    MATH 2214 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
    Prerequisites: MATH 2104 within the last year.
    4CREDITS

    The student will use integration techniques to find antiderivatives, use integrals to solve problems from geometry and physics, use vectors to solve problems in higher dimensions, test infinite series for convergence, approximate functions by using series, solve elementary first-order differential equations, and analyze functions of three variables and their contour plots.

    MATH 2314 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
    Prerequisites: MATH 2214 within the last year.
    4CREDITS

    The student will compute partial derivatives, gradients, differentials, double and triple integrals in rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems, curl and divergence of a vector field, and path and surface integrals of vector fields directly and by applying Green’s Theorem, Stokes’ Theorem and the Divergence Theorem; write parameterizations for lines, curves and surfaces; and solve application problems that include optimization, work and flows of vector fields This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    Physics

    PHYS 2014 - Engineering Physics I
    Prerequisites: MATH 2104 (or at least 4 hours of calculus) within the last year or by evaluation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 2214
    4CREDITS

    This is a physics course designed primarily for pre-engineering, chemistry and physics majors. Students will demonstrate their understanding of concepts in mechanics, heat and sound by (1) developing qualitative and quantitative descriptions of physical phenomena, and (2) predicting the results of physical occurrences based on physics theory and laboratory experiments. Quantitative descriptions and predictions will incorporate methods of calculus where appropriate.

    PHYS 2114 - Engineering Physics II
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2014 and MATH 2214 (or at least 8 hours of calculus) within the last year or by evaluation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 2314
    4CREDITS

    This course is a continuation of Engineering Physics I. Students will demonstrate their understanding of concepts in electricity, magnetism, and light by (1) developing qualitative and quantitative descriptions of physical phenomena, and (2) predicting the results of physical occurrences based on physics theory and laboratory experiments. Quantitative descriptions and predictions will incorporate methods of calculus where appropriate.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - American Federal Government
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - Success in College and Life
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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