Physics

Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 (PHST2AS)

This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Science - Track 2 degree with a concentration in Physics. Students in this program develop an understanding of physics and skills in experimental design, teamwork, project management, programming, advanced math, technical writing, applying physics to interdisciplinary ...

This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Science - Track 2 degree with a concentration in Physics. Students in this program develop an understanding of physics and skills in experimental design, teamwork, project management, programming, advanced math, technical writing, applying physics to interdisciplinary problems, and effective communication. 

Completion of this program prepares students to transfer at the junior level into a Physics program at a four-year college or university which opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including engineering, computer science, research in the public and private sector, and education. It also prepares students well for graduate coursework in Engineering, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics or a related field at a four-year college or university. 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 (PHST2AS) Full time : 7 108

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

108 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter.

See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Apply and register at Seattle Central College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Note about the sample schedule: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Before Quarter One

Before You Start

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter 1

  • Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to discuss your academic goals and to create a short-term educational plan
  • Visit the Learning Support and Tutoring Center for tutoring
  • Drop by the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects
  • Apply to the Ready Set Transfer (RST) Academy
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
HDC101
Orientation to College
3 units
STEM118
Sci, Equity, Social Justice
2 units
MATH&141
Precalculus I
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter 2

ENGL&102 or CMST&101 or CMST&220
Choose a course
5 units
MATH&142
Precalculus II
5 units
CHEM&161
General Chemistry W/ Lab I
6 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
17 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter 3

  • Consider Student Leadership positions and other on-campus jobs
  • Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines
  • Meet with Transfer Center advisor to determine transfer eligibility
  • Attend the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium
MATH&151
Calculus I
5 units
CSC102
Computers In Mathematics
1 units
CHEM&162
General Chemistry W/ Lab II
6 units
CSC110
Intro to Computer Programming
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter 4

  • Create long-term educational plan with your assigned advisor
  • Research and contact Physics departments at potential universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Attend transfer day at prospective university
  • Write your personal statement for university applications
PHYS&221
Engineering Physics I W/ Lab
5 units
MATH&152
Calculus II
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts or World Languages 1
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter 5

  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships
  • Look for summer internships such as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).
  • Plan to participate in the transfer student events at prospective universities
  • Apply for FAFSA or WASFA at transfer university
PHYS&222
Engineering Physics II W/ Lab
5 units
MATH&163
Calculus 3
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts or World Languages 2
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter 6

PHYS&223
Engineering Physics III W/ Lab
5 units
MATH238
Differential Equations
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 7
15 UNITS
MATH220
Linear Algebra
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units

More Information

A Physics pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

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A Bachelor’s degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.  To discuss additional careers options, speak with faculty once you begin classes or contact the Career Exploration Center. CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu or 206.934.4383 

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include, but are not limited to:  

A Bachelor’s degree in Physics or a related field at a four-year college or university.

Seattle Central College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Physics graduates from Central have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact a Central advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Physics programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit Central's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math