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2015-2016 VSCC Catalog 
    
2015-2016 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics - A.S. (TTP)


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The Associate of Science (Physics) is a two-year program for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor's degree in Physics or a closely related field such as Astronomy. Physics is the study of the underlying properties of nature from the absolutely mind-bogglingly huge, like galactic super clusters, to the unimaginably small, like the fundamental constituents of matter.  It is the foundation of every other science, and is responsible for some of the greatest discoveries and inventions of our time such as lasers, solar cells, and hybrid cars. A degree in physics teaches the analytical problem solving and technical skills necessary to be competitive in today's market.

Transfer Options
The Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) degree is designed to create a smooth transition to all public universities offering a Baccalaureate degree in this major by guaranteeing the transferability of all courses. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note:  There are to be no course substitutions in this program. 

General Education Requirements - Credits (42)


  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (at least one course in Literature) Credits: (9)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences Credits: (6)
  • History Credits: (6)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (18)


  • University Parallel Elective Credits: (1)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


Computer Literacy Requirements


See http://www.volstate.edu/ComputerLiteracy/ for computer literacy requirements

Career and Salary Information


Career Beginning Salary with Bachelor Degree Experienced Salary with Bachelor Degree
Physicist $64,900 $98,400
Research/Development Specialist $34,600 $62,800
Professor $25,400 $64,000

Career and salary information taken from onetonline.org. Check out this website for additional information about education requirements and preferred work styles and abilities for these careers.  Salaries are not guaranteed.

Recommended Schedule


This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)


  • History (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)


  • History (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • University Parallel Elective (Any non-asterisk course) Credits: (1)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (14)


  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)


  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (Literature - See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)

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