Program Description

Physics is concerned with understanding the world around us, from elementary particles to the structure and origin of the universe. Physics provides, together with mathematics and chemistry, the foundation of work in all fields of physical science and engineering and has applications in biology and medical science. At BSC, students take the first two years of core classes in math, chemistry, physics and computer programming needed to pursue a major in physics at a four-year college.


Students taking Physics typically enjoy critical thinking and problem solving. Good interpersonal and writing skills are invaluable. High school students should have mathematics courses in algebra and geometry and a background in the sciences.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Science degree.

BSC has transfer agreements with North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Demand for physicists doing basic research, applied research, research and development, and working in a variety of technical fields is promising. Graduates with academic degrees in physics or astronomy will find their knowledge of science and mathematics useful for entry into many occupations. A student majoring in physics should be prepared for careers in education, industry, and advanced work in the various fields of physics or the interdisciplinary fields of biophysics, chemical physics, and geophysics.

Career opportunities: Condensed Matter Physicist, Astrophysicist, Particle and Nuclear Physicist, Medical Physicist, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physicist.



Dr. Tony Musumba • Jack Science Center 301E

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits61
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Select one of the following: 3
Beginning Visual Basic  
Introductory Astronomy  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 165 Calculus I 4
MATH 166 Calculus II 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Electives (Required)  
MATH 265 Calculus III 4
MATH 266 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
PHYS 251 University Physics I 4
PHYS 251L University Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 252 University Physics II 4
PHYS 252L University Physics II Lab 1
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Total Credits61