Engineering and Physics

The Pre-Engineering and Physics degree at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Engineering and Physics.  Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for the rigors of a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree.  The Pre-Engineering and Physics degree offers a student the opportunity to complete the STEM Transfer Core, including calculus and calculus-based physics, while exploring various engineering disciplines through project-based learning.  

Pre-Engineering and Physics (EPHY)

An Associate in Science Degree in Pre-Engineering/Physics

This program is designed to prepare graduates for transfer in pre-engineering and physics. Since many of these classes are two-semester sequential courses, it is recommended that students start this program in the fall. 

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101College Writing I 3
CHE 107General Chemistry I 4
MAT 211Calculus I 4
Social Science Elective 1 3
CAD 101Introduction to CAD 3
Spring
CHE 108General Chemistry II 4
ENG 102College Writing II 3
MAT 212Calculus II 4
Humanities Elective 2 3
Year 2
Fall
PHY 120Physics for Engineering and Science I 4
Science Elective 3 3-4
Social Science Elective 1 3
MAT 230Ordinary Differential Equations 4
Spring
PHY 121Physics for Engineering and Science II 4
MAT or Science Elective 4 4
PHL Elective 5 3
MAT 213Calculus III 4
 Total Credits: 60-61
1

Social Science Elective: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.  ECO 101 Macroeconomics or ECO 102 Microeconomics is recommended.

2

Humanities Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.

3

Any 3-credit or 4-credit science course except PHY 105 and PHY 106. See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.

4

Any 4-credit 200-level MAT or science course. See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.

5

Any PHL course.

See Pre-Engineering and Physics program student learning outcomes and technical standards

Campus

This program is offered on the Gardner campus only.

Student Success Tips

This program is designed for a fall start with attendance taking place primarily in Gardner during the daytime.  Students are encouraged to follow the sequence of courses as presented in the catalog.

Transfer Options

Please click here for transfer options and also consult with your advisor.

MassTransfer

Students who plan to transfer to a Massachusetts State University or a University of Massachusetts campus may be eligible to transfer under the MassTransfer agreement, which provides transfer advantages to those who qualify. 

Special Requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Program Student Learning Outcomes for EPHY

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have the ability to:

  • Formulate clear and precise questions about complex problems and ideas relevant to a variety of disciplines — math, science, the humanities, and the social sciences — and gather, assess, and interpret information to reach well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial scientific research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, record and organize scientific data correctly.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work safely in a laboratory environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manipulate and use scientific tools, such as the microscope, pH meter, measurement tools, glassware and other scientific instrumentation. This would include independently conducting an experiment using written directions such as lab manuals or Standard Operating Procedures as a guide.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use mathematical tools as applied to science. This could include building and interpreting graphs, using equations and formulas to solve problems, and fitting data to a mathematical model.
  • Demonstrate the ability to search scientific literature and use the information.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution if desired, with the proper educational foundation for transition into a chosen field of study.

Technical Standards for EPHY1

1

For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at a college level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Differentiate by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on laboratory instrumentation.
  • Respond promptly to spoken words, as well as monitor signals and instrument alarms.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Manipulate small parts, and make fine hand adjustments to machines and test equipment.
  • Operate a computer.

PHY 101. Introduction To Physical Science. 4 Credits.

This course will provide the non-science major with a basic background in physics and chemistry that affects everyone's life. Fundamental concepts of force, motion, energy, and chemistry are covered. Laboratory work complements the classroom presentation. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

PHY 105. College Physics I. 4 Credits.

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of the progress that has been made in understanding the basic nature of the universe. Topics considered include vectors, statics, force and motion, kinematics in one and two dimensions, dynamics, work and energy, impulse and momentum, and conservation of energy. Lab work is correlated with class discussions. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 162 (or corequisite), RDG 098, or placement.

PHY 106. College Physics II. 4 Credits.

This course is a continuation of PHY 105. Topics to be covered include rotation, elasticity, fluid mechanics, temperature and heat transfer, electricity and electric circuits, waves and acoustic phenomena. Lab work is correlated with class discussions. Prerequisite: PHY 105. Spring.

PHY 120. Physics for Engineering and Science I. 4 Credits.

This course is designed provide the student with a clear and logical presentation of the basic concepts and principles of physics, to strengthen an understanding of the concepts and principles through a broad range of interesting real-world applications, and to develop strong problem solving skills through an effectively organized approach. Topics considered include measurement, vectors, statics, force and motion, kinematics in one and two dimensions, dynamics, circular motion, work and energy, impulse and momentum, and conservation of energy. Lab work is correlated with class discussions. Prerequisite: MAT 211 with a C or higher (or corequisite).

PHY 121. Physics for Engineering and Science II. 4 Credits.

This course is designed to provide the student with a clear and logical presentation of the basic concepts and principles of physics, to strengthen an understanding of the concepts and principles through a broad range of interesting real-world applications, and to develop strong problem solving skills through an effectively organized approach. Topics considered include the principles of simple harmonic motion, wave motion, sound, geometric optics, wave nature of light, charge, coulomb force, electric field and flux, Gauss' law, electric potential, voltage, resistance, current, DC circuits, Kirchoff's Laws, capacitance, RC time constant, magnetic field and flux, Faraday's Law, Lens' Law, Ampere's Law, Electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, and Maxwell's equations. This course is intended to serve students who plan to major in science or engineering at the four-year college level. Laboratory work is correlated to the classroom presentations. Prerequisite: PHY 120 with a C or higher; MAT 212 with a C or higher (or corequisite). Spring.