Fall 2017


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Program Description

Physics is the science dealing with the properties, changes and interactions of matter and energy. It is the study of basic natural laws.

Physicists work in research at many industrial centers; they are employed by government agencies at all levels. Educational institutions provide career opportunities for physics graduates. Students pursuing a major in physics will also study mathematics and other sciences such as chemistry, astronomy, etc.

The Associate degree (AA-DTA and AS-T #2) is an articulated transfer agreement for physics majors between community colleges and most four-year institutions within the state of Washington. Either degree shall only be granted to students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Students will enter the four-year institution at or near junior standing. Admission to Washington four-year institutions' schools is not guaranteed to students holding either degree. It is highly recommended that students meet with a counselor or academic adviser at Spokane Community College or Spokane Falls Community College on a regular basis to be sure that the requirements specified in this degree are met. Students should also seek academic advising at the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer early in their educational planning to learn about additional requirements and procedures for admission. To earn this degree, students must complete a minimum of 90 credits in academic courses numbered 100 or above and meet specific distribution requirements. At least 5 credits must be W-designated (writing-intensive). At least 30 credits must be earned from Spokane Community College or Spokane Falls Community College with at least 15 credits earned in residence at the college awarding the degree.

Course of Study

  1. Complete AS-T degree requirements, or consult a college counselor/adviser for AA degree requirements.
  2. Carefully check the foreign language requirements of the college to which you plan to transfer. If possible, complete these requirements while enrolled at the community college.
  3. Completion of recommended courses in a pre-major for transfer does not necessarily assure a student admission to a four-year institution or a specific program.
College Transfer Information
While students attend college for a variety of reasons, most attend for the purpose of acquiring the knowledge and skills needed for entering a particular field of work, occupation or profession. Because the first two years of college are frequently spent meeting general college or university requirements, many options are available to students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years at SCC or SFCC.
Students should always check the requirements of the four-year institution from which they intend to graduate. Careful planning is necessary, as transferability of specific courses or programs is determined solely by the college to which the student transfers. Transfer guides, available in counseling centers at SCC and SFCC, should be consulted by all students planning to transfer. 
Students who have not made a decision regarding a transfer institution should follow the Community Colleges of Spokane requirements for the associate of arts degree. These requirements will satisfy most of the general course requirements for graduation from other institutions. Requirements for the associate of arts degree and a complete listing of courses available will be found in the college catalog.
Counseling Services
Educational, vocational and personal counseling services are available to all students through the counseling centers at SCC or SFCC. Students may obtain professional counseling services prior to registration to plan their program of study. In addition, faculty advisers are assigned to each student to provide further assistance during the year.