Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.S. Degree


Faculty and Advising Contact


Stephanie Diemel

Rm 2818



Joyce Fagel

Rm 2814


Program Description

The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to prepare students for entrance into a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Physics. The primary focus of the AS-T degree is completion of the necessary math and science requirements for junior standing at Washington state baccalaureate institutions. Students will be required to take additional general education courses after transfer to fulfill university requirements. Physics is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Applied Math, Education, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Law and Physics.


Physics — What is it?
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.

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.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics?
Graduates in 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—Department of Energy and Defense, Hospitals, Medical Schools, Colleges and Universities, Observatories, Planetariums, Science Museums, Environmental Agencies and Weather Bureaus. For more, please visit Career Counseling .


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing. An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options.  For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.