Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Program Description


A.S. Physics
A.S.-T — Physics for Transfer

Program Description

The CRC PHYSICS and ASTRONOMY department offers a full array of transferable courses that fulfill both major and general education requirements. Physics sequences include a three-semester calculus-based sequence for computer science and engineering students, a two-semester calculus-based sequence for life science and architecture students, and a two-semester trigonometry-based sequence for life science and architecture students. These sequences are designed to meet transfer requirements for students in the physical and life sciences, engineering, mathematics, architecture, and computer information science. Laboratories are well-equipped and central to the courses.

Courses in Astronomy and Conceptual Physics are offered as part of the general education program at CRC and are transferrable to the UC and CSU . Labs are offered for astronomy. All are excellent leading to the appreciation and application of scientific knowledge and methods for the non-science student.

The CRC PHYSICS program consists of two degrees. The first is the Physics for Transfer degree (A.S.-T), developed to fulfill the general requirements of the California State University (CSU) for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the CSU system, although not necessarily to a particular campus or major.

The second degree is the Physics Associates in Science degree (A.S), developed to fulfill most of the lower division requirements for transfer to universities with a major in Physics.


Career Opportunities

  • After transfer and advanced study:
  • Physicist
  • Engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Geologist
  • Physical Chemist
  • Astronomer
  • Chemist
  • Architect
  • Computer Scientist
  • Pre-Med
  • Allied Health
  • Biophysicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Astrophysicist


  • Modern and well-equipped laboratories
  • Small class size and ample contact with friendly, knowledgeable instructors
  • Evening session calculus-based physics for scientists/engineers sequence completion
  • A Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see