• Physics

  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    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, students 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 in the printed catalog.

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

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

    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 (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH221 General Chemistry I 5
    MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Humanities requirement1 3-4
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH222 General Chemistry II 5
    MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 5
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking or WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
    Social Science requirement1 3-4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH223 General Chemistry III 5
    CIS120 Computer Concepts I 3
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
    MTH253 Calculus III 4
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH254 Calculus IV: Vector Calculus 5
    PH211 General Physics with Calculus I 5
    Humanities requirement1 3-4
    Elective2 3
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH256 Differential Equations 5
    PH212 General Physics with Calculus II 5
    Social Science requirement1 3-4
    Elective2 3
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
    PH213 General Physics with Calculus III 5
    Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
    Elective2 3-4

    1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science; refer to degree requirements, in the printed catalog.
    2 Suggested electives include: PH109C, PH121-123, MTH243-244, MTH261.

    Transfer Schools’ Web Links

    Eastern Oregon University - Physics and Engineering at EOU
    Oregon State University - Department of Physics at OSU
    Portland State University - Department of Physics at PSU
    Southern Oregon University - Department of Physics and Engineering at SOU
    University of Oregon - Department of Physics at UO