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The study of physics is both the most basic and farthest reaching branch of science. Physicists are analytical problem-solvers who use chemistry, astronomy, and algebra, and try to understand our world... from the smallest atomic particle to the farthest ends of the universe.

Contact Ivan Ramirez and Keith King, Faculty Advisor in Physics.

Careers in Physics

The ability to think analytically is a great asset in a wide range of fields, including: industrial and government labs, college campuses, the astronaut corps, and consulting on TV shows. In addition, many physics grads work at newspapers and magazines, in government, and even on Wall Street—places where their ability to think analytically is a great asset.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college physics program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options: Associate of Science degree with a Specialization in Physics (PDF)

Program Planning

High School Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, computer programming, and physics.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the for the Associate Degree of Science at TCC.

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
PHYS& 221
MATH& 153
Humanities or Social Science

Second Year

PHYS& 223
MATH 220
Social Science
PHYS& 222
MATH 238
CS 142
CS 143 suggested or ENGR& 204
MATH& 254
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the humanities and social science courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by a physics advisor.
  • ENGR& 104 and ENGR& 114 are recommended as humanities and social science elective courses.

Approved Distribution Course List
Catalog Course Descriptions


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