Physics Option-Math/Physics, Associate in Science



Northampton's Math/Physics program prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university by serving as the first two years of a baccalaureate program in the fields of mathematics, physics, or other physical sciences.

Graduates of our two-year program have successfully transferred to and graduated from institutions such as Lafayette College, Kutztown University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Florida Institute of Technology. They have earned degrees in fields as diverse as chemical or geological engineering, mathematics, and oceanography.

Our program also qualifies you for immediate employment as a laboratory aide or technician, a scientific assistant or in technical sales. Members of Northampton's Career Services and counseling staff, as well as instructors within the program, can assist you in meeting your employment and career goals.


In our program, you'll study a combination of common core courses designed for all math or science majors who are specializing in math or physics. You then have the option of focusing on math or physics by selecting a set of specialized courses. In order to ensure that your courses meet the requirements of the school you plan to transfer to, you should work closely with your academic advisor when selecting your electives.

Northampton has a number of special partnerships with four-year institutions. Our admission and transfer agreements allow for smooth transfer to DeSales University, Cedar Crest College, Centenary College, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Lincoln or Cheyney Universities.


While this program has no special admission requirements, certain courses do require a background in Trigonometry and Chemistry. If you are lacking background in these areas, you should acquire it during the summer session before your first semester, or during your first semester.

For further information contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 or e.mail us at physics@northampton.edu.

Career Potential: Leading to transfer degrees for careers in: Research, Teaching, Medicine, Forestry Management, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Environmental Studies, Veterinary Medicine

NCC students have transferred to: Lehigh University, Penn State University, Lafayette College, Kutztown University, Edinboro University, Moravian College, East Stroudsburg University, Rutgers University


Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in conceptualization and analysis of problems.
  • Demonstrate both conceptual and quantitative ability for problem solving.
  • Work independently and also collaboratively.
  • Use technology to solve problems.
  • Use mathematics to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Use the scientific method to investigate a problem and present results and conclusions in a clear and concise form.
  • Succeed in a math-physics program at a four-year institution.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

CHEM120General Chemistry I

4 credits

CMTH102Introduction to Communication

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

MATH180Calculus I

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

CHEM220General Chemistry II

4 credits

ENGL151LEnglish II

3 credits

MATH181Calculus II

4 credits

PHYS215Physics for Science & Engineering I

5 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

CISC115Computer Science I

4 credits

MATH210Calculus III

4 credits

PHYS225Physics for Science & Engineering II

5 credits

Arts and Humanities Elective (AH)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

MATH211Differential Equations

4 credits

Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time Elective (SIT)

3 credits

Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior Elective (SSHB)

3 credits


4 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Total Credit Hours: 61

  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • One General Education Elective (AH, SIT, SSHB) must be taken in a Writing Intensive (WI) section. The program-related writing intensive competency is satisfied by completion of both combination of PHYS215 and PHYS225.
  • All electives must be chosen from the list of courses which are applicable to AA and AS degrees.