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Degree awarded: Associate in Science
Options: Math and Physics

Program Narrative

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.

Program Features

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.

Program Requirements

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

Program Outcomes

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.


Associate in Science Degree

Course Code Course Title
CISC 115 Computer Science I
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
ENGL 101C English I
ENGL 151L English II (Literature)
MATH 180 Calculus I
MATH 181 Calculus II
MATH 210 Calculus III
MATH 211 Differential Equations
PHYS 215 Physics for Science & Engineering I
PHYS 225 Physics for Science & Engineering II
------------ Arts & Humanities Elective (AH)
------------ Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT)
------------ Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior Elective (SSHB)
------------ Physics/Math Option Courses (see below)
Total Credits
Physics Option
CHEM120 General Chemistry I
CHEM220 General Chemistry II
------------ Electives
Math Option
MATH 202 Discrete Math
------------- Electives
  • 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 PHYS 215 and PHYS 225.
  • All electives must be chosen from the list of courses which are applicable to AA and AS degrees.

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

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