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Physics Transfer to Montana State University - Bozeman

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Physics is the study of the fundamental laws of nature from which we can understand and predict events in our world. It is fundamental to all of the sciences and it is especially fundamental to all of the engineering disciplines. With a degree in physics you can pursue a career in research and development, education or you can specialize in a branch of physics such as nuclear or optical. In many cases, physicists will pursue graduate degrees such as masters or Ph.Ds in order to successfully compete in the field.

FVCC offers 14 credit hours of calculus-based physics in three sequential courses which are the freshman/sophomore courses offered at universities all over the world. Topics range from mechanics to electricity and magnetism to modern physics. The courses are prerequisites for all of the advanced physics courses and all of the engineering courses. All of the physics courses are accompanied by laboratories and most meet the requirements of the general education core in natural science.

The following FVCC suggested courses of study are recommended for students interested in pursuing a physics major with transfer to either Montana State University - Bozeman or The University of Montana - Missoula. Students interested in beginning their work at FVCC toward a degree in physics should carefully consult the current catalog of the college or university to which they anticipate transferring to in order to determine specific degree requirements.

Associate of Science Degree

Suggested course of study for a transfer to Montana State University - Bozeman:

First Year

First Year Total: 31

Second Year

Second Year Total: 32

Total Credits: 63

1This elective requirement may be selected from Biology, Chemistry, or Geology depending on the student’s area of interest.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Advising Information

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor.

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                                                  
Russ Lamson Jim Boger, M.S.
LRC 129 RH 170
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3989

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students can usually earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for many transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements  for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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