Physics or Pre-engineering
The Physics and Pre-engineering Track at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Physics and Pre-engineering Track offers a student the opportunity to explore physics and engineering while completing a core curriculum used for transfer. Students will gain knowledge in a variety of disciplines including math, science, the humanities and the social sciences. The Liberal Arts and Sciences includes the MassTransfer Block.
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.
|CHE 107||General Chemistry I||4|
|Behavioral Social Science Elective 1||3|
|Culturally Diverse Humanities Elective (See list below)||3|
|ENG 101||College Writing I||3|
|CHE 108||General Chemistry II||4|
|ENG 102||College Writing II||3|
|MAT 211||Calculus I||4|
|SPC 113||Speech (formerly THE113)||3|
|Non Behavioral Social Science Elective 2||3|
|PHY 120||Physics for Engineering and Science I||4|
|MAT 212||Calculus II||4|
|Culturally Diverse Literature Elective (see list below)||3|
|PER 126 or 130||Fitness And Wellness 3||2-3|
|PHY 121||Physics for Engineering and Science II||4|
|MAT 213||Calculus III||4|
|Social Science Elective 4||3|
|ISC 235||LAS Capstone: Scientific Research and Writing||3|
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 Science Elective: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC.
Culturally Diverse Humanities Electives
|ART 109||Art History I||3|
|ASL-any American Sign Language course||3|
|FRE-Any French course||3|
|DAN 133||Hip Hop/Street Dance Foundation||3|
|HUM 240||Comparative Religion||3|
|HUM 260||The Art Of Being Human I||3|
|MUS 106||History Of Jazz||3|
|MUS 160||History of Rock and Roll||3|
|PHL 201||Introduction To Philosophical Issues||3|
|PHL 210||Levels Of Being||3|
|SPA-Any Spanish course||3|
Culturally Diverse Literature Electives
|ENG 221||Women's Literature||3|
|ENG 235||Children's Literature||3|
|ENG 236||Modern Drama||3|
|ENG 237||Special Topics: Queer American Drama||3|
|ENG 261||The Short Story||3|
|ENG 265||Great Writers of Harlem||3|
See Physics or Pre-engineering program competencies and technical standards.
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.
For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.
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.
Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.
Program Competencies for LAEP
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 historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own society and other societies, with an emphasis on 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.
- Demonstrate a broad exposure to, and an understanding of, the differences and similarities in the various academic disciplines within their Liberal Arts education.
- 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 LAEP1
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.
- 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, 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 096, 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.
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: ENG 101, MAT 211 (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: MAT 212 (or co-requisite), PHY 120.