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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 3
PHY211 University Physics I 4
MAT240 Calculus I 4
CHM151 General Chemistry I 4
Second SemesterCredits
ENL102   English Composition II 3
PHY212 University Physics II 4
MAT250 Calculus II 4
CHM152   General Chemistry II 4
Third SemesterCredits
MAT260 Calculus III 4
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
    STEM Elective 3 (or) 4
    Behavioral & Social Science 3
    Elective 3
Fourth SemesterCredits
MAT270 Differential Equations 3
    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.

AST101 Fundamentals of Astronomy
AST201 Current Topics in Astronomy
BIO103 Consumer Nutrition
BIO105 Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIO109 Survey of Biology
BIO141 Survey of Microbiology
BIO151 General Biology I
BIO152 General Biology II
BIO204 Introduction to Public Health
BIO205 General Ecology
BIO210 Bird Biology
BIO241 Cell Biology
BIO242 Molecular Genetics
BIO251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO281 Microbiology
CHM106 Survey of Chemistry
CHM109 Chemistry for the Health Sciences I
CHM151 General Chemistry I
CHM152 General Chemistry II
CHM251 Organic Chemistry I
CHM252 Organic Chemistry II
CSC105 Computer Programming I: Python
CSC110 Computer Programming I: Java
CSC120 Computer Programming I: C++
CSC130 Computer programming II: Java
ENR103 Introduction to Robotics
ENR106 3D Design & Analysis I
ENR107 3D Design and Analysis II
ENR201 Statics
ENR202 Dynamics
ENR204 Circuit Theory I
ENR205 Circuit Theory II
ENR206 Quality Manufacturing
ENR207 Materials Science
ENR208 Thermodynamics
ENR209 Strength of Materials
ENV101 Survey of Environmental Technology
ENV115 Environmental Chemistry
ENV118 Intro to Environmental Science
ENV120 Intro to Environmental Science (lecture)
ENV125 Coastal Ecology
ENV127 Projects in Coastal Ecology
ENV135 Coastal Zone Management Laws and Regulations
ENV165 Renewable Energy, Climate & Careers
ENV201 Environmental Instrumentation
ENV260 Environmental Tech Internship/Coop Experience (1-4 credits)
ESC101 Introduction to Earth Science
ESC105 Fundamentals of Oceanography
HOR101 Plant & Soil Science
HOR102 Entomology & Plant Diseases
HOR103 Woody Plant Identification & Culture
HOR201 Herbaceous Plant Identification & Culture
HOR202 Landscape Design & Construction
MAT150 Elementary Statistics
MAT175 College Algebra
MAT195 Precalculus with Trigonometry
MAT240 Calculus I
MAT245 Linear Algebra
MAT250 Calculus II
MAT260 Calculus III
PHY106 Survey of Physics
PHY151 Physics I
PHY152 Physics II
PHY211 University Physics I
PHY212 University Physics II
SCI100 Study Abroad: Ecotoursim (1 credit)
SCI150 Scientific Writing & Presentation
SCI261 Cooperative Work Experience in the Natural Sciences (1–4 credits)

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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

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Pat Phelan, Administrative Assistant
Office Science 201
Phone 774.330.4363