PCC's Physics and Astronomy courses provide a foundation for continued study at the upper division level in a physics, physical science, math, engineering or computer science major.

Our Physics and Astronomy courses cover a range of topics including practical and dynamical astronomy, astrophysics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics, and more. Take courses to fulfill a general education requirement, or complete the AS-T Degree in Physics, and be prepared to transfer and pursue a four-year degree in physics or another related field.

What Can You Do With A Degree in Physics or Astronomy?
Studying Physics or Astronomy can lead to a career as a:
  • Geophysicist/field seismologist
  • Higher Education lecturer
  • Metallurgist
  • Research Scientist
  • Seismic Interpreter
  • Paleontologist
  • Seismologist
  • Sonographer
  • Teacher or Professor

Astronomy and Physics Courses Offered

  • ASTRON 1: Elementary Astronomy
  • ASTRON 12: Description Introduction to Astronomy
  • ASTRON 20: Independent Study
  • PHYS 1A: General Physics
  • PHYS 1B: General Physics
  • PHYS 1C: General Physics
  • PHYS 1D: General Physics
  • PHYS 2A: General Physics
  • PHYS 2B: General Physics
  • PHYS 10/10L: Descriptive Introduction to Physics
  • PHYS 20 : Independent Study
  • PHYS 31A: General Physics
  • PHYS 31B: General Physics

Use the links below to see full course descriptions as well as the current semester's offerings. 

Transfer Options

All Astronomy & Physics classes at PCC carry transfer credit CSUs. Many can also be transferred to a UC or other four-year university. Several courses also fulfill general education requirements. For more information, please visit the Transfer Center's "What Courses Will Transfer" resource page

Physics | Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) Degree

Earn a degree AND prepare to transfer. By completing the AS-T in Physics, you will finish the general education requirements as well as the lower division major requirements for a BS degree in Physics prior to transferring to a CSU.

View Degree Requirements


Carnegie @ PCC features a series of public lectures on current astronomical topics. These lectures are given by astronomers from the Carnegie Observatories.

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