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Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayScience, Technology, Engineering & Math
AdvisorClifford Harris, PhD
850.769.1551 ext. 2865

Senior Administrative AssistantKathy Bleday

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Physics, AA

Do You Have a Passion for Physical Phenomena?

Would you enjoy conducting your own research into physical marvels, developing theories based on observations of your experiments, or studying physical laws and theories?  If you’re interested in a career in physics, our professors will help you develop research, critical thinking, and scientific skills. There are many types of physicists including astrophysicists, atomic, molecular, optical, medical, and many other physics specialties.

This transfer track is designed to prepare students entering the university as a physics major. All state public universities offer a BS degree in physics. Florida State University also offers a degree in radiation physics, and the University of Florida offers a BS degree in Astronomy (which requires the same physics transfer track at Gulf Coast State College). Most university physics programs require a foreign language for which a country speaking that language is also involved in physics research. Students may choose among the following: French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is strongly recommended that students be familiar with the admissions requirements for the university they plan to attend.

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Physics Course Requirements


English I & II
Visual and Performing Arts
Calculus I & II
Biological Science
Behavioral Sciences
Calculus III
Chemistry Courses
Physics Courses
Approved mathematics elective

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with an Physics AA Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Technical Writer
Science Teacher
Forensic Scientist
Data Analyst

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
University of Central Florida
Florida State University
University of South Florida

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