Associate of Science

The Associate of Science degree with a field of study in Physics offers students the opportunity to take a core curriculum of general education with an emphasis in Physics. Physics students may select a career in a wide range of scientific and technical fields.

The student should bear in mind that most of these career areas require education or training beyond the Associate of Science degree. Career fields available to the physics student include:

  • Astronomy
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Elementary or Secondary Education
  • Engineering - Civil, Electrical, Industrial
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Medicine
  • Meteorology
  • Patent Law
  • Physics
  • Seismology

This listing closely parallels the first two years of education that one would receive at most universities. Upon completion of this sequence, many students transfer to obtain a degree in one of the various physics fields. However, students intending to transfer should be aware of the transfer institution’s requirements.

Entering students, please note that the first semester suggests MATH 2413 Calculus I. Students with a score of 380+ on the math portion of the TSI Exam may test-out of MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math and enroll directly into MATH 2413 Calculus I after taking and passing the Calculus I Placement Exam provided by the Mathematics Department. Students who qualify and elect this option must contact and make arrangements with the Mathematics Department at 956-872-8327 no later than two (2) weeks prior to the start of the semester the students intends to enroll.

Students with an SAT score of 560+ (SAT II Math Level 1), 520+ (SAT II Math Level 2) or an ACT score of 28+ may also enroll directly into MATH 2413 Calculus I. Otherwise, it is recommended that students take the prerequisite MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math the summer prior to the start of the fall semester. Enrollment in MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math requires a prerequisite of MATH 1414 College Algebra or ACT scores of 25-27, SAT II Math Level I scores of 520-559, or SAT II Math Level 2 scores of 500-519.

For questions regarding this major, please contact the program advisors:

  • Dr. Enriqueta Cortez, Department Chair
  • Dr. Guanghua Xu, Physics Faculty
  • Dr. Ivan Camara, Math and Science Student Success Specialist


Field of Study - 18 credit hours
MATH 2414Calculus II4
MATH 2415Calculus III4
PHYS 2425University Physics I4
PHYS 2426University Physics II4
COSC 1436Programming Fundamentals I 14
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 242
Life and Physical Sciences
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Calculus I 3
Total Credit Hours60

COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I is scheduled for 2 credit hours of field of study and 2 credit hours of general education requirements (Component Area Option).


In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.


For students to directly enroll into MATH 2413 Calculus I, they must earn 375+ on the TSI and successfully complete and exam administered by the MATH department or earn a 100 on the college-level mathematics ACCUPLACER.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 2413 Calculus I 4
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours14
Summer Session I
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 1-4
 Credit Hours4
Third Semester
PHYS 2425 University Physics I 4
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
MATH 2415 Calculus III 4
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I 1 4
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
PHYS 2426 University Physics II 4
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I is scheduled for 2 hours of field of study and 2 hours of general education requirements (Component Area Option).