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About the Program

Physics, the fundamental science, conceptualizes the basic principles of the universe and establishes the foundation for astronomy, chemistry and geology. The beauty of physics lies in a small number of powerful concepts which expand our view of the world around us and which lead to many engineering applications from which we derive many benefits. 

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We also perform the wildly popular Foothill College Physics Show in fall and winter.  See dates at


What you can do with a degree in physics

  • Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Engineering physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Space physics
  • Physics education

Degree & Program Types

View list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science for Transfer

Associate in Science


The Physics department at Foothill College offers a variety of classes that meet the community needs and satisfy transfer requirements. The level of classes taken typically depends on the individual’s mathematics background.

The goal of all physics classes at Foothill College is to develop an understanding and appreciation of the laws that govern the world we live in through improved problem solving skills and laboratory investigations.

For a complete description of the Physics program, please see the Curriculum Sheet.


Physics 2 (A, B, and C)

Physics 2 (A, B, and C) is a 3 quarter sequence designed for students in the life sciences (biology, medicine, physical therapy, and related fields). Trigonometry (Math 48) is a prerequisite for this course.

Physics 4 (A, B, C, and D)

Physics 4 (A, B, C, and D) is a 4 quarter, calculus based sequence designed for students in engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and other physical sciences. Math 1B is a prerequisite for this course (may be taken concurrently).

Physics 6

Physics 6 is a one quarter overview of physics with emphasis on preparing students with no exposure to physics for the Physics 4 sequence.

Physics 12

Physics 12 is geared for the non-science major and assumes little or no mathematical background. Physics 12 emphasizes modern physics, the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics.  Physics 12 asks for the algebra pre-requisite but this can be waived by application to the Dean.

David Marasco

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David Marasco, Dept. Chair


Office Room 4405

Division Office Contacts

Zach Cembellin, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7383
STEM Division
STEM Success Center

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