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.

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Physics or Pre-engineering Track (LAEP)

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

This program is designed to prepare graduates for transfer in physics and engineering.   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
MAT 163Pre-Calculus 4
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
Culturally Diverse Humanities Elective (see list below)  3
ENG 101College Writing I 3
CHE 108General Chemistry II 4
ENG 102College Writing 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
CAD 101Introduction To CAD 3
PHY 121Physics for Engineering and Science II 4
MAT 213Calculus III 4
Social Science Elective 3 3
CIS 109Introduction to Programming 3
 Total Credits: 62

Behavioral Social Sciences: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Non-Behavioral Social Sciences: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Social Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.

Culturally Diverse Humanities Electives

ART 109Art History I3
ART 110Art History II3
ART 251Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 252Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 259Ceramics I3
ART 263Drawing I3
ASL - any American Sign Language course3
DAN 133Hip Hop/Street Dance Foundation3
ENG 221Women's Literature3
ENG 235Children's Literature3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 261The Short Story3
FRE - Any French course3
HUM 240Comparative Religion3
HUM 260The Art Of Being Human I3
MUS 106History Of Jazz3
MUS 160History of Rock and Roll3
PHL 201Introduction To Philosophical Issues3
PHL 210Levels Of Being3
PHL 250Ethics3
SPA - Any Spanish course3

Culturally Diverse Literature Electives

ENG 221Women's Literature3
ENG 235Children's Literature3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 261The Short Story3

See Physics or Pre-engineering program student learning outcomes and technical standards.

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

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

Special Requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 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.

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: MAT 212 (or corequisite), PHY 120. Spring.