Physics (Accelerated)

Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 (PHST2AS)

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 degree requirements with a concentration in Physics (Accelerated). An “accelerated” pathway assumes students already have some background knowledge in physics, chemistry, computer science, and at the calculus level for mathematics either ...

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 degree requirements with a concentration in Physics (Accelerated). An “accelerated” pathway assumes students already have some background knowledge in physics, chemistry, computer science, and at the calculus level for mathematics either from high school or other college coursework. Alternatively, most physics students follow the non-accelerated Physics pathway. Please see your advisor to make your personalized educational plan for a pathway that works best for you.

Completion of this degree allows you to transfer into a Physics program at a four-year college or university which opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including engineering, computer science, research in the public and private sector, and education. Students in this pathway develop an understanding of physics and skills in experimental design, teamwork, project management, programming, advanced math, technical writing, applying physics to interdisciplinary problems, and effective communication.

 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 (PHST2AS) Full time : 6 90-108

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90-108 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter.

See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Apply and register at North Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Before Quarter One

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
CHEM&161
General Chem W/Lab I
6 units
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
MATH&151
Calculus I
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities.
  • Attend transfer events at North and universities of interest.
  • Visit North's Transfer webpage for transfer information.
  • Attend Engineering Mentor Night
  • Apply for Washington State Opportunity Scholarship and WISE scholarship
  • Consider applying for an NSF summer REU (National Science Foundation) undergraduate research experience.
CHEM&162
General Chem W/Lab II
6 units
MATH&152
Calculus II
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
PHYS&221
Engineering Physics I
5 units
CHEM&163
General Chem W/Lab III
6 units
MATH&163
Calculus 3
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
20 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan and confirm your program of study with your assigned advisor.
  • Contact Physics/Astronomy department at potential universities.
  • Attend transfer events at North and universities of interest.
  • Attend STEM Career Fair.
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
  • Check transfer requirements for recommended electives if time such as: Statistics (MATH&211), Undergraduate Research, Technical Writing, Biology, Computer Science, Organic Chemistry, Engineering, Foreign Language, Astronomy, Geology 101.
MATH220 or MATH224 or MATH238
Choose a course
5 units
PHYS&222
5 units
CSC110 or Approved elective
Choose a course
5 units
UGR294
Independent Research
1 - 5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
20 UNITS
To-Do List
PHYS&223
Engineering Physics III
5 units
ENGR240
Intro Numerical Methods
5 units
MATH224 or MATH220 or MATH238
Choose a course
5 units
UGR294
Independent Research
1 - 5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
20 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.

 

MATH238 or MATH224 or MATH220
Choose a course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
UGR294
Independent Research
1 - 5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
5 units

More Information

A Physics pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Physical sciences technician 
  • Physics Teacher 
  • Engineer 
  • Programmer 
  • Research scientist 
  • Web developer 
  • IT consultant/data analyst 
  • Financial analyst 
     

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit www.bls.gov/oes. Students in the state of Washington who graduate with a physics bachelor's degree have been employed by a variety of companies including Allen Institute for Brain Science, Amazon, Boeing, Fidelity Investments, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Google, HP Inc., Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, and Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Once you complete the AS-Track 2 degree, additional education opportunities include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics. In addition, prepares you well for graduate coursework in Engineering, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics or a related field at a four-year college or university. 
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges such as Application Development at North Seattle College.

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Physics graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. For example, the University of Washington requires two quarters of world language for admission, three quarters to graduate. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Physics programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit North's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Program Contact

Physics Department

Contact
Davene Eyres
email
(206) 934-4515

Math & Science Division

Location IB 2429

Division Contacts
(206) 934-3746
(206) 934-3748 (fax)

Mailing Address
NSC Math & Science Division
9600 College Way N
3N2429
Seattle, WA 98103

Dean
Vashti Bryant

Advising Contact

Contact the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Area of Study advisor.

Phone: (206) 934-3658