Associate in Science - Transfer (AS-T)


About The Program

A bachelor’s degree in physics is an excellent preparation for advanced study in astronomy and astrophysics, atmospheric science, biophysics, chemical physics, computer science and engineering. Students can complete the first two years of studies toward a bachelor’s degree and can also specialize in physics education. Professional careers include research positions with government, universities and private industrial laboratories, observatories and science museums.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements  

Pre-Major Requirements

CHEM& 161* General Chemistry w/Lab I 5
MATH& 153* Calculus III 5
MATH& 254* Calculus IV (was MATH 154) 5
MATH 220 Linear Algebra 5
PHYS& 221* Engr Physics I w/Lab 5
PHYS& 222* Engr Physics II w/Lab 5
PHYS& 223* Engr Physics III w/Lab

Recommended Courses

ASTR& 101  Intro to Astronomy 5
CHEM& 162* General Chemistry w/Lab II 5
CHEM& 163* General Chemistry w/Lab III 5
CHEM& 261* Organic Chemistry w/Lab I 5
CHEM& 262* Organic Chemistry w/Lab II 5
CS 170 Fundamentals of Computer Prog 5
MATH 240 Differential Equations

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Developed the foundational background in physics and mathematics to further pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Physics.
  • Ability to abstract and then analyze problems or situations in physics through basic concepts and principled.
  • Communicate effectively in a scientific setting.
  • Developed an appreciation of the nature of physics both as a science consisting of a few fundamental principles of sweeping power, and as a process where one develops physical principles through observation, hypothesis, and experiment.

Revised March 2013 (Effective Fall 2013)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions in the year prior to transferring. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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