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2018-2019 College Catalog 
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics and Astronomy Pre-Major, AS-T2 Planning Guide

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Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Track 2 at Shoreline.

Use the AS-T Track 2 Degree Planning Guide, with this guide, to understand the requirements for graduation.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics or Astronomy.

Physics is an excellent major for graduate studies in Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Applied Math, Education, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Law and Physics.

Where can I go for help?

Program Faculty Advisors

Stephanie Diemel
206-546-4579 sdiemel@shoreline.edu Rm 5352
Tiffany Meier
206-546-6953 tmeier@shoreline.edu Rm 5233


General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

Career Planning


International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.).


Transfer information
Central Washington University (P) http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Eastern Washington University (P) http://tinyurl.com/l2qpdqe
Gonzaga University (P) http://tinyurl.com/7c9d6xh
Pacific Lutheran University (P) https://www.plu.edu/admission-transfer/
Seattle Pacific University (P) http://tinyurl.com/z46xxxr
Seattle University (P) https://tinyurl.com/y7fuc55y
The Evergreen State College (P) http://tinyurl.com/zhyjy3s
University of Puget Sound (P) http://tinyurl.com/h7yqx8s
University of Washington - Bothell (P) http://www.uwb.edu/physics/admissions
University of Washington - Seattle (A,P) https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/
Walla Walla University (P) http://tinyurl.com/z5a4h8p
Washington State University (A,P) http://tinyurl.com/jk3a2v2
Western Washington University (P) http://www.wwu.edu/vtc/
Whitman College (A,P) https://tinyurl.com/z8vuwn9
Whitworth University (P) http://tinyurl.com/zcdww66

A=Astronomy, P=Physics 

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 18-20 Credits

Communication (8-10 Credits)

Take ENGL& 101  and either ENGL& 102 , ENGL& 230 , or CMST& 101 .

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

ART 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Distribution Requirements - 10 Credits

Humanities (5 Credits)

Take one course from the Humanities  course list.

Social Sciences (5 Credits)

Take one course from the Social Sciences  course list.

Pre-Major Requirements - 31.5 Credits

Program Specific Courses and Electives to reach 90 Credits

Recommended: CS 121 , CS& 141 , CS 143 , CHEM 172 /CHEM 182 , CHEM 173 /CHEM 183 , MATH 207 , MATH& 264 .

Physics and Astronomy - What are they?

Physics is the study of all matter and energy and the laws that govern them. From sub-atomic particles to the stars and galaxies, physics is the foundation of all natural sciences. Through the observation of such things as motion, light, electricity, gravity and speed, physicists use the scientific method to test theories and write conclusions often expressed in mathematical equations. Astronomy, a subset of physics, is the study of the origin and structure of the universe, including the sun, stars, moon, planets and galaxies.

Areas of study in Physics: Astronomy, Acoustical Physics, Optics and Waves, Quantum and Atomic Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Fluid and Plasma, Thermodynamics, Astrophysics, Biophysics, Geophysics, Health Physics, Medical Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy or Physics?

Graduates in Astronomy and Physics develop strong observation, critical thinking, problem solving, computational and technical skills to work in a variety of careers fields, such as: astronomy, health care, research and development, education, consulting, engineering design, quality control, operations and management.

Potential employers include: Research and development firms, engineering and manufacturing firms, atomic and nuclear labs, government agencies-Departments of Energy and Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, hospitals, medical schools, colleges and universities, observatories, planetariums, science museums, environmental agencies and weather bureaus. For more, please visit https://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

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Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

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