Your Curriculum


Catalog year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
David Faust: 503-491-7358 - Room AC 2563

Physics is the study of the structure and organization of the universe. It encompasses the observation of forces and matter, of motion, of cause and effect, and of the intrinsic properties of space and time. Physics analyzes these concepts in detail and uses them to synthesize models of complex phenomena.

Curricular Outcomes

At the completion of this curriculum, the student should be able to:

  • Retain and apply critical physics concepts while enrolled in the curriculum and upon transfer
  • Work cooperatively, use equipment and instruments properly, and carefully analyze data in the laboratory setting
  • Demonstrate mastery of physics concepts
  • Transition conceptual material into accurate mathematical models
  • Utilize calculus-based mathematics to solve physics problems

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in physics at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be certificate or degree seeking and must follow official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

First Quarter Credits
CH221 General Chemistry I 5
MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus 4
WR121 English Composition 4
  Humanities Requirement 1 3-4
Second Quarter
CH222 General Chemistry II 5
MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 4

English Composition: Critical Thinking or
WR227 Technical Report Writing

  Social Science Requirements 1 3-4
Third Quarter
CH223 General Chemistry III 5
CIS120 Computer Concepts I 3
CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
MTH253 Calculus III 4
Fourth Quarter
MTH254 Calculus IV: Vector Calculus 5
PH211 General Physics with Calculus I 5
  Humanities Requirement1 3-4
  Elective2 3
Fifth Quarter
MTH256 Differential Equations 5
PH212 General Physics with Calculus II 5
  Social Science Requirements 1 3-4
  Elective2 3
Sixth Quarter
PH213 General Physics with Calculus III 5
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
  Health & Physical Education Requirement 1 3
  Elective 2 3-4

1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science; refer to degree requirements, page 14 of the printed catalog.
2 Suggested electives include: PH109C, PH121, PH122, PH123, MTH243, MHT244, MTH261.

Transfer Schools' Web Links
Eastern Oregon University -
Oregon State University -
Portland State University -
Southern Oregon University -
University of Oregon -

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