2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics/Astronomy (AA-DTA) Course Map

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Course Maps by Career Pathway

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.  While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)  Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. Math Course Recommendation

Take one course per quarter until sequence is finished.

3. Preparation for Engineering Physics

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network!  In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.  

4. Physics Course Recommendation

Take one course per quarter until sequence is finished.

5. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: This course provides the foundational skills needed to write effectively. Physicists must be able to communicate effectively in writing technical reports, grants, instructions and proposals to colleagues.

Action Item: GPA Check

GPA check at the completion of 20 credits. Talk to an advisor about transfer options.

6. Technical Writing

7. Communication Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: Physicists will work in teams in their careers. This course provides the skills needed to handle group conflicts and discusses different leadership styles.

  • Course purpose: In today’s global economy, Physicists must interact with clients and colleagues from around the world. This course teaches you about different worldviews and skills to interact with technology.

  • Course purpose: This course provides you with practice in public speaking. Physicists must be able to present proposals, results and conclusions to clients, supervisors and laypeople.

8. World Language

Choose one

9. Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go!  It is time to apply for graduation.  Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.  https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

10. Social Science Course Recommendation

Choose one

11. Social Science Course Recommendation

Choose one

12. Social Science Course Recommendation

Choose one

Total Credits 94

13. Additional Recommended Courses

Adjusted Total Credits 124

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Course Maps by Career Pathway