Apr 18, 2024  
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Physics, Associate of Science

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School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE)

Students majoring in Physics examine the properties of matter and energy and the relationships between them. Interested students can learn about career opportunities and pathways in Physics and related fields from the American Institute of Physics.

This program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Science in Physics from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of New Mexico. The AS in Physics will also satisfy many of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy at UNM. However, students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions. Students interested in transfer to UNM should consult the UNM Physics and Astronomy Department. Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. College catalogs are generally available online. Students should also consult the School Advisor in the School of Math, Science and Engineering at CNM.

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an Associate of Science Degree
  • This educational option can be completed: Part-Time or Full-Time
  • This educational option is designed for: Immediate employment or transfer into a baccalaureate program.
  • This educational option can be started: Any Term
  • Scheduling Information
    • Follow course catalog recommendations to avoid scheduling problems. 
  • Primary course location: Main Campus

Special Requirements

Students are expected to purchase textbooks, lab manuals and lab safety equipment.

Information for people with felony convictions

  • A felony conviction will not prevent entry into the program or employment; however, it may limit available employment opportunities.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

Many of the courses in this degree are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Program Requirements


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 60

This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to major in Physics. Specific requirements for transfer will vary from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the four-year transfer school to confirm specific admission and degree requirements.


*Students who plan to take CSCI 1152  in Term 4 should take either BCIS 1110  or CSCI 1108 .  The prerequisite for CSCI 1152  is either BCIS 1110  or CSCI 1108 .

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