Science Program Learning Outcomes

The Physics option (LASC-AS) is part of the program Liberal Arts And Sciences: Science Emphasis / A.S. Degree. Click on the link above to read the Program Mission Statement, Goals and Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).

Physics Courses

These are the general syllabi for the courses offered in Physics. Click on the courses to read the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs). However, each instructor writes a specific course outline with detailed guidelines every semester. Students should check with their instructors for more specific information at the start of the semester.

  1. PHY101   College Physics I
  2. PHY102   College Physics II
  3. PHY110   Automotive Physics
  4. PHY111   How Things Work
  5. PHY112   Technical Physics I
  6. PHY115   Technical Physics for Health Careers
  7. PHY130   Physics I
  8. PHY132   Physics I Lab
  9. PHY230   Physics II
  10. PHY232   Physics II Lab
  11. PHY245   Physics III
  12. PHY246   Physics III Lab
  13. PHY247   Physics IV
  14. PHY248   Physics IV Lab
Liberal Arts & Science Associate Degree: Physics option (LAPH-AS)

Suggested 2-year schedule for PHYSICS MAJORS at SCCC

We encourage students to ask advice about class scheduling to the faculty: we want you to make the best use of your time. Research shows that earning an associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution is associated positively with earning a bachelor's degree (Crosta & Kopko 2014, and references therein). "Completion at the community college could lead to four-year college outcomes that are nearly 10 percentage points greater than comparable to students who do not complete."



Click on faculty names for link to their website, when available.
name / title phone1 office2 e-mail3
Raul Armendariz
Adjunct Instructor
Thomas Breeden
Academic Chair; Professor
x4318 T-106 breedet
Frank Chisena
Adjunct Instructor, Professional Assistant
Jason Clough
Adjunct Instructor
Dr. Glenda Denicoló
Assistant Professor
x4535 T-218 denicog
James Dilger
Adjunct Instructor
Peter Eckstein
Adjunct Professor
Scott Gianelli
Adjunct Instructor
Anindita Ghosh
x4969 T-207 ghosha
Alfred H. Hilz
Adjunct Professional Assistant I
Vasily Jorjadze
Adjunct Instructor
Muhammad Khaliq
Adjunct Instructor
Grant Campus khaliqm
David Lieberman
Adjunct Professor
Thomas Madigan
Adjunct Professional Assistant
Heather A. Mann
Adjunct Instructor
Gerald Schnal
Associate Professor
x4333 T-120 schnalg
Manjita Shrestha
Adjunct Instructor
Shelly Shumway
Adjunct Instructor
Vivian Stojanoff
Adjunct Professional Assistant
Dr. Robert L. Warasila
Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy
Megan Wolfe
Adjunct Instructor

Advisement for students taking Physics courses


Are you enrolled in the correct physics course?

  1. The answer depends on your plans for the future:
    • Do you plan to enroll in an ultrasound, radiology, or occupational therapy program? Then you probably should take PHY115 at SCCC. Most programs in these areas have accepted PHY115 in the past, but you need to first call or e-mail the institution you want to transfer to, and confirm officially that PHY115 will be accepted. (E-mail might be better, as you will have official proof of their reply). Checking that this is the right course for your career goal is your responsibility.
    • Do you plan to enroll in a physical therapy program? Then you probably should take PHY101 and PHY102 at SCCC. Most programs in this area have accepted PHY101/102 in the past, but you need to first call or e-mail the institution you want to transfer to, and confirm officially that PHY101/102 will be accepted. (E-mail might be better, as you will have official proof of their reply). Checking that this is the right course for your career goal is your responsibility.
    • Do you plan to get a Bachelor's degree in any science discipline? Then you are a science major who needs to take the entire calculus-based physics sequence at SCCC. The sequence has 3 semesters of physics courses at SCCC: PHY130+PHY132, PHY230+PHY232, PHY245+PHY246. There are universities, Stony Brook for example, that offer BA programs with a science major that will accept the PHY101/102 sequence. These programs are generally more oriented towards teaching, museum work, business, etc. careers that do not involve scientific research.

I am a physics major at SCCC. What courses should I take?

  1. This is the suggested schedule for physics majors at SCCC: click here. Please note that Modern Physics (listed at the 4th semester) is generally not offered at SCCC due to very low enrollment. Ask for guidance from a member of the SCCC physics faculty when you are approaching the 4th semester at SCCC.
  3. It is fundamental from the beginning (starting with your first semester at SCCC), that you keep in mind which are the required courses at the institution you plan to transfer to. Many majors at SCCC plan to transfer to another SUNY institution such as Stony Brook (SBU) after 2 years at SCCC. This is the sample schedule for a physics major at Stony Brook: click here. You should search for the sample schedule of the institution you plan to transfer to. Click on the name of the courses, and read about the topics covered. Do NOT focus your attention on the name of the courses, or how many there are. Pay careful attention to the description of the topics covered by each course. By doing so you will learn, for example, that two semesters of calculus-based physics at SBU represent three semesters of calculus-based physics at SCCC. At SCCC we only offer physics for scientists (our PHY130-230-245 sequence, plus the labs) split as a 3-semester option. SBU offers physics for scientists as a 2-semester and a 3-semester option. The 2-semester option is listed in their sample schedule (their PHY131-132 sequence, plus the labs). Expect similar differences between other institutions. All Colleges and Universities are free to split the topics covered each semester in different ways.

I am taking calculus-based physics. What kind of transfer issues I might expect in the future?

  1. You should take 3 semesters of calculus-based physics at SCCC. If you take only 1 or 2 semesters at SCCC and try to transfer, you are risking the loss of a semester or a whole year: the transfer institution may ask you to repeat some topics/courses. Only the 3 semesters at SCCC will transfer seamlessly, as a package. This is because 3 semesters of calc-based physics at SCCC may correspond to only 2 semesters at another institution. Institutions cover different amounts of topics every semester. The transfer is not one-to-one. Watch out. The best strategy is to take all 3 semesters of physics at SCCC before you transfer.
  3. After two years at SCCC as a physics major, be prepared to transfer to a university as a rising junior (not a junior yet). This is because it is likely that you will need courses we do not offer at SCCC due to low enrollment or other factors. For example, let's say you are a physics major transferring to SBU. Notice the sample schedule for a sophomore at SBU. It lists PHY277 (their "Computation for Physics and Astronomy", which we do not offer at SCCC), and PHY250/251 (their "Modern Physics", which we do not offer at SCCC). So, these courses would need to be taken outside of SCCC. If you plan in advance, you can try to take these courses during the last semester at SCCC, taking some courses at the same time at SCCC and SBU, for example.

Any general advice for a science major?

  1. Take charge of your own academic path. Do not wait for counselors/advisors to tell you what courses you need to take. Investigate on your own, search for information online, study the sample schedule of the institution you plan to transfer to. Ask questions directly to a faculty member who teaches the discipline of interest. Knock on doors, send e-mails, ask questions, plan ahead. Be proactive.
  3. Apply to work on research projects during the school break: search for scholarship opportunities at BNL (CCI, CSTEP, SULI), SCCC, REU, NASA Community College scholarship, NSF STEM at SCCC, and others ("google" it!). This is very important for your curriculum, almost just as much as good grades. You should be applying to several opportunities at the same time, then choose later if you get them all. You will learn a lot in this practice: writing a letter of intent, requesting recommendation letters from professors, being organized and planning ahead. These are some skills you will need throughout your academic life.
  5. When requesting a recommendation letter, inform the faculty member well ahead of the deadline (more than 2 weeks notice). Only request recommendation letters from faculty member that have something really good to say about you (something that distinguishes you from others). In the e-mail you send to the faculty member requesting the letter, remember to state clearly the deadline, the name and address of the institution(s) you are applying to, explain what program(s) you are applying to, and preferably attach a letter of intent (so that the faculty member can read about your goals for the future, what you would like to do, and some reason why: the more information we have, the stronger will be the letter of recommendation). And good luck!


1Please note that all phone numbers begin with 631-451- unless otherwise indicated.

2Offices are located at the Smithtown Science Building (T) on the Ammerman Campus, unless otherwise noted.

3E-mail addresses are "@", unless otherwise noted.