Physics Sample Transfer Plan

Physics Sample Transfer Plan at Harper College

Transfer to a four-year university to study physics

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Get your Associate in Science degree and transfer to a four-year institution to study physics. You’ll take core courses along with physics-focused classes in calculus with analytical geometry, general chemistry, general physics, differential equations and more.

Harper College has a robust physical sciences department featuring modern laboratories, a research-quality telescope and one of the largest community-college geology collections in the nation.

When you enroll in a transfer degree program, academic advisors or counselors will help you choose courses that meet the specific requirements of the four-year college or university you plan to attend.

Sample transfer plan

This sample transfer planning guide meets the requirements of the Associate in Science degree. Students choosing to follow this sample plan need to choose the major of Associate in Science if needing financial aid. Transfer institution requirements may vary - students should check individual college/university requirements before completing the sample plan as outlined. Baccalaureate admission may be competitive. Completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission.

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
CHM 121 5

Description: Studies principles of atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory, and solutions. Corresponding laboratory experiments include volumetric and gravimetric analyses, a qualitative study of reactions, visible spectrophotometry, and problem-based analyses. Intended for all students whose majors require general chemistry, including science majors and pre-professionals. The course also satisfies a general education laboratory science requirement for students with previous chemistry experience. IAI P1 902L, IAI CHM 911

Prerequisite: (Two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM 110 with a grade of C or better) AND (MTH 080 or higher with a grade of C or better, or placement options into MTH 103). Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

ENG 101 3

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

MTH 200 5

Description: Studies limits, continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, and definite integrals as they relate to algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. Includes applications to geometry, science, and engineering. IAI M1 900-1, IAI MTH 901

Prerequisite: MTH 140 (Precalculus) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. Math_Placement_Grid_17_18.pdf

Social and Behavioral Science1 3

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
CHM 122 5

Description: Continues CHM 121 as the second semester of a general chemistry sequence intended for all students whose major requires a full year of general chemistry, including science majors and pre-professionals. Includes the principles of chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base reactions, electrochemistry, and thermodynamics. Also introduces topics in organic, nuclear, transition metal, and descriptive chemistry. Laboratory includes experiments related to the lecture material. IAI CHM 912

Prerequisite: CHM 121 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

ENG 102 3

Description: Continues ENG 101. Reading literature and writing of various types of prose. Introduces methods used in writing investigative papers. IAI C1 901R

Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor or department chair.

MTH 201 5

Description: Continues MTH 200. Uses integrals to describe area and volume, studies techniques of integration, series, conics, polar coordinates and parametric equations with applications to science and engineering. IAI M1 900-2, IAI MTH 902

Prerequisite: MTH 200 (Calculus I) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

PHY 201 5

Description: Introduces mechanics using calculus. Topics include force and motion; work and energy; rotation; oscillations; and fluids. For students in chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. IAI P2 900L, IAI PHY 911

Prerequisite: MTH 200 with a grade of C or better. Recommend concurrent enrollment in MTH 201.

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
Humanities and Fine Arts2 3
MTH 202 5

Description: Continues MTH 201. Studies three-dimensional vectors, solid analytic geometry, vector-valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Green’s theorem, surface integrals, divergence theorem and Stoke’s theorem. IAI M1 900-3, IAI MTH 903

Prerequisite: MTH 201 (Calculus II) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

PHY 202 5

Description: Introduces electricity and magnetism using calculus. Topics include charge; electric field and potential; resistance, capacitance, and inductance; DC and AC circuits; magnetic fields; laws of Gauss, Ampere, and Faraday; Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves; geometric optics, lenses and mirrors, interference and diffraction, and polarization. Intended for students in chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. IAI PHY 912

Prerequisite: MTH 201 (Calculus II) and PHY 201 (General Physics I: Mechanics) with grades of C or better.

SPE 101 3

Description: Theory and practice of oral communications. Development of poise, confidence and skill in speech organization and delivery. Emphasis on frequent speaking, development of standards of criticism and selection and organization of material. IAI C2 900

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
Humanities and Fine Arts2 3
Life Science 3
MTH 212 3

Description: Continues MTH 202. Emphasizes solutions of first order differential equations, linear differential equations, special second order equations and series solutions. Studies selections from these topics: LaPlace transforms, Fourier series, numerical methods and applications of matrix algebra. IAI MTH 912

Prerequisite: MTH 202 (Calculus III) with a grade of C or better.

PHY 203 5

Description: Introduces thermodynamics and quantum physics. Topics include temperature and heat; ideal gas law; first and second law of thermodynamics; kinetic theory of gases; entropy; relativity; quantization; the atom; solid state physics and conduction; nuclear and elementary particle physics. Intended for students in chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. IAI PHY 913

Prerequisite: MTH 201 and PHY 201 with grades of C or better.

Social and Behavioral Science1 3

1 - One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or from Social and Behavioral Sciences must meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. Refer to the Associate in Science degree for approved courses in this category.

2 - Select one course from Humanities and one course from Fine Arts. Interdisciplinary courses may count in either category. One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences must meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. Refer to the Associate in Science degree for approved courses in this category.

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Next steps

For more information about physics courses at Harper, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.