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What will I learn?

Physics, the fundamental science, conceptualizes the basic principles of the universe and establishes the foundation for astronomy, chemistry and geology. The beauty of physics lies in a small number of powerful concepts which expand our view of the world around us and which lead to many engineering applications from which we derive many benefits.

The Physics Department prepares students to advance to the next step towards a career in science, industry, or education. Students awarded an Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree will know the basic principles of physics and be able to apply their knowledge to practical, theoretical, and experimental problems. Students who complete the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential and seamless transfer status to CSUs for Physics majors and majors in related disciplines. The requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs.

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Students will know basic physics principles.
• Students will be able to apply their knowledge to practical, theoretical and experimental problems.
• Students will be prepared to advance to the next step in careers in science, industry and education.

Which department am I in?

Physical Science, Mathematics and Engineering Division

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,072.00 per year
Tuition is based on USD $252 per unit for 12 units for 3 quarters (includes enrollment fee USD $31 per unit)
Application deadline

31 October 2022, 31 January 2023

Start date

9 January 2023, 10 April 2023


Physical Science, Mathematics and Engineering Division

Building 5200, Room 5211,



94022, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Foothill has an open-door admission policy for all high-school graduates and non-graduates who are 18 years of age or older.

For international students

Applicants must have a proof of high school completion or equivalent.

Proof of Proficiency: TOEFL: Minimum requirement of 61 iBT or 46 PBT; iTEP : Minimum requirement of Level 4; IELTS: Minimum requirement of 6.0; Step Eiken: Minimum requirement of 2A; Pearson's PTE Academic: Minimum requirement of 45; Cambridge English: Minimum requirement of 175 on Advanced exam; Duolingo: Minimum requirement of 95; GTEC CBT: Minimum requirement of 1100.

Application Deadlines: Fall - Aug 15; Winter - October 31; Spring - January 31

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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