Crazy Fun in Physics 111 Class
Crazy Fun in Physics 111 Class

Do you wonder what subatomic particles have in common with the furthest reaches of the observable universe? Do you enjoy problem solving, analysis and logical thinking? If you do then physics/astronomy is the program for you!  The program provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts of physics including the study of classical mechanics, electricity, light, magnetism, thermodynamics and wave motion. Additionally, use the laws of physics to reveal the nature of celestial objects.  You'll benefit from our very own SCC Planetarium.  Lay the foundation for a professional program in physics/engineering/astronomy at a four-year institution by graduating with your Associate in Science degree in two years.

Students in the program earn the Associate of Science, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as juniors. Courses are available in-person (day and evening). 

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Science degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Science degree for Physics/Astronomy students is $5,160. This includes tuition and course fees for all courses required for the transfer degree. Books and course fees in other classes outside of the program are not calculated. However, to assist our students, many courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs.

Program Code

8600 Associate of Science (AS) - Pre-Majors/Transfer

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

Transfer Partners

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

With further education, students are prepared for careers in: 

  • Astronomy
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Education
  • Materials Science

Employment outlook is strong, as industry is looking toward majors in areas such as Physics and Astronomy to fill jobs. According to our transfer partner, Arizona State University, majors can expect the following salaries in careers for which a Physics/Astronomy degree at bachelors, masters, or doctoral level is the direct preparation.

Career *Growth *Median Salary
Astronomer 10.0% $100,590
Clinical Trial Manager 9.5% $87,380
Computer Hardware Engineer 5.5% $115,120
Computer Scientist 19.2% $114,520
Nanosystems Engineer 6.4% $97,250
Nuclear Engineer 3.8% $108,810 
Physicist 14.5% $118,830
Physics Professor 10.0% $87,340
Software Engineer 30.7% $101,790

To be determined

Steven Mutz, Department Chair/Program Advisor
Office: NS-128

Division Office
Office: NS-102
Phone: (480) 423-6296