Physics or Pre-engineering

Program Competencies for LAEP

Upon graduation from these programs, 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 arrive at 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 historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure to, and an understanding of, the differences and similarities in the various academic disciplines within their Liberal Arts education.
  • 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.
  • 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 LAEP

  • 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.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • 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, 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.

New: Physics or Pre-engineering Track (LAEP)

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

This program is designed to prepare students to transfer in the physics and engineering with an A.A. degree and Mass Transfer benefits.  It will give the students needed skills in mathematics and science so that they can transfer as juniors.  Since many of these classes are two semester sequential courses it is recommended that students start this program in the fall.

Year 1
CHE 107General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101English Composition I 3
MAT 163Pre-Calculus 4
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
Culturally Diverse Humanities Elective (See list below)  3
CHE 108General Chemistry II 4
ENG 102English Composition II 3
MAT 211Calculus I 4
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
Non Behavioral Social Science Elective 2 3
Year 2
PHY 120Physics for Engineering and Science I 4
MAT 212Calculus II 4
Culturally Diverse Literature Elective (see list below)  3
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness 32-3
PHY 121Physics for Engineering and Science II 4
MAT 213Calculus III 4
Social Science Elective 4 3
ISC 210Critical Thinking 3
 Total Credits: 61-62

Behavioral Social Sciences: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC


Non-Behavioral Social Sciences: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC 


Some colleges require a 3 Physical Education elective. Please consult your adviser. 


Social Sciences-ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC 

Culturally Diverse Humanities Electives

ASL-any American Sign Language course3
FRE-Any French course3
HUM 240Comparative Religion3
HUM 260The Art Of Being Human I3
SPA-Any Spanish course3

Culturally Diverse Literature Electives

ENG 235Children's Literature3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 261The Short Story3
ENG 265Great Writers of Harlem3

See the physics or pre-engineering track general information for program competencies and technical standards.


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Helpful hints

Eligible LAS students should consider entering MWCC’s Honors Program. Honors Program students benefit from a challenging, highly individualized academic experience, a tuition waiver during their final semester, active recruitment by four-year colleges and universities, and the use of the Honors Center. Also, because of the program’s Commonwealth Honors Program status, all MWCC Honors courses are transferable as Honors courses within the Massachusetts public higher education system, and MWCC graduates are guaranteed acceptance into the Honors Programs of these colleges and universities. See the Honors Program for more information.

This program is designed to equip students with a solid foundation for entry into an engineering program at any four-year college/university.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special Requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.


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: ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, 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: ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement.

PHY 106. College Physics II. 4 Credits.

This course is a continuation of PHY105. 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: PHY105. Spring.

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

A calculus based course in the concepts and principles of mechanics, and fluids. 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 class presentation. Prerequisite: ENG101, MAT211 (or co-requisites).

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

A calculus-based course in the concepts and principles of wave motion, sound, temperature, heat, laws of thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism. 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: MAT212 (or co-requisite), PHY120.