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Associate in Arts

Physics Concentration

Physics forms the basis for all scientific inquiry and explores matter, energy, and fundamental interactions. Physicists model the physical universe from elementary particles to the structure of the universe. By emphasizing complex real-world problem solving, physicists collaborate across diverse fields such as finance, renewable energy and medicine.

Students who are matriculated and place into developmental math and/or English are required to begin the course sequence in the first semester. Please see an advisor with questions.

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First SemesterCredits
ENL101 English Composition I
PHY211 University Physics I
MAT240 Calculus I
CHM151 General Chemistry I
Second SemesterCredits
ENL102   English Composition II
PHY212 University Physics II
MAT250 Calculus II
CHM152   General Chemistry II
Third SemesterCredits
MAT260 Calculus III
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
    STEM Elective
3 (or) 4
    Behavioral & Social Science 3
    Elective 3
Fourth SemesterCredits
MAT270 Differential Equations
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
    Behavioral & Social Science 3
    STEM Elective
3 (or) 4
    Elective(s) 2
Total Credits 60–62

Capitol letter M to designate a milestone course Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

Note: The Associate in Arts degree does not indicate a specialized degree in a concentration. Students who complete this concentration will satisfy the requirements of MassTransfer. For additional information pertaining to degree requirements, please refer to Degree Requirements.

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Jenifer Alai, Associate Professor and Chair
Office: Science 209
Phone: 774.330.4581

B.S. Chemistry, St Lawrence University
M.S. Analytical Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder

Lynda Farley-LaRocca, Professor
Office: Science G6
Phone: 774.330.4597

B.S. Biology, Randolph-Macon College 
M.S. Biology, Wake Forest University 
Ph.D. Biology, Boston University

Eric Arsznov, Associate Professor
Office: Science 210
Phone: 774.330.4373

B.S. Physics, University of Michigan
M.S. Physics and Astrophysics, Eastern Michigan University

Hemant M. Chikarmane, Professor
Office: Science 201
Phone: 774.330.4422

B.S., M.S. Microbiology/Chemistry, St. Xavier's College, Bombay University, India
Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, India

Amy Clark, Associate Professor
Office: Science G4
Phone: 774.330.4779

B.A. Physical Anthropology, UMass Amherst & University College, London
B.A. Zoology, UMass Amherst
M.S. Biology, UMass Amherst

Catherine Etter, Professor
Office: Science 215
Phone: 774.330.4598

B.S. Biology, Providence College
M.L.A. Biology, Harvard University
Ph.D. Salve Regina University

Kate LePore, Assistant Professor
Office: Science 204A
Phone: 774.330.4589

B.S.  Biotechnology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Plant Molecular Biology, The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Rebecca Westphal, Assistant Professor
Office: Science G12
Phone: 774.330.4424

B.S. Marine Biology, Roger Williams University
Ph.D. Biology, Northeastern University


Elizabeth Grefe, Lab Manager
Office: Science G10
Phone: 774.330.4468

Felicia McGinty
Office: Science G10
Phone: 774.330.4468

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute

Contact the Science Department

Pat Phelan, Administrative Assistant
Office Science 201
Phone 774.330.4363