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
206-546-4579 email@example.com Rm 5352
206-546-6953 firstname.lastname@example.org Rm 5233
General Academic Advising
FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229
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.).
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
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
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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