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2021-2022

Physics, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (John Tyler Community College)
John Tyler Community College
John Tyler Community College
Program description

The curriculum in physics prepares students for technical careers in physics or an allied area, for careers in engineering and for the teaching of physics in secondary schools. The curriculum also prepares students for graduate studies in physics or a related area. Students will learn to perform scientific reasoning and complex problem-solving.


Physics majors will receive a fundamental understanding of the main areas of physics so that they are prepared for jobs that use physics-based technologies. They are expected to have mastered the analytical approach to solving technical problems by identifying simple subsystems that obey known physical laws and using these laws to approximate the behavior of the whole system.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, students can pursue careers in research and development, science, engineering, education, medicine, law, business, and the military.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Geophysical Data Technician
  • High School Teacher
  • Photonics Engineer
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer/Tester
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Developer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Astrophysicist
  • Engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Secondary School Teacher
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 201 or higher
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2021-2022

Physics, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Browse careers related to Physics through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and explore Career Pathways at VCU.
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
Experience Year 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Join a professional organization related to physics: Society of Physics Students.
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Physics through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and explore Career Pathways at VCU.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Join a professional organization related to physics: Society of Physics Students.
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Physics, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

John Tyler Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 161 Precalculus I (or MTH 263 Calculus I) MATH 141 (or MATH 200) 3 General education
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 General education
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
Foreign Language or CST SPA 101, FRE 101, or CST 100 (students who have not completed 3 years of same language in high school should complete language for this requirement) VCU equivalent 3 to 4 General education
MTH 162 Precalculus II (or MTH 264 Calculus II) MATH 151 (or MATH 201) 3 Major
CHM 112 General Chemistry II CHEM/Z 102 4 Elective
Social/Behavioral Science Social/Behavioral Science elective (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed) VCU equivalent 3 General education
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Elective
PHY 241 University Physics I PHYS 207 4 Major (Ancillary)
MTH 263 Calculus I (or MTH 265 Calculus III) MATH 200 (or MATH 307) 4 Major (Ancillary)
Social/Behavioral Science Social/Behavioral Science elective (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed) VCU equivalent 3 General education
ENG Any 200-level ENG literature course (select 1) ENGL 3 General education
PHY 242 University Physics II PHYS 208 4 Major
MTH 264 Calculus II (or MTH 267 Differential Equations) MATH 201 (or MATH 301) 4 Major (Ancillary)
History elective History elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
Foreign Language or Humanities Select 1: SPA 102, FRE 102, PHI 220, REL 230, PHI 101, REL 100 (students not completing 3 years of same foreign language in high school should choose French or Spanish for this category) VCU equivalent 3 to 4 General education
Elective Select 1: HLT 160, ART 101, ART 102, CHM 241, EDU 200, ITE 115, ITE 119 VCU equivalent 3 Elective
John Tyler credits transferred to VCU 61
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
MATH 301 Differential Equations (if not completed at John Tyler) 0 to 3 Major (Ancillary)
MATH 307 Multivariate Calculus (if not completed at John Tyler) 0 to 4 Major (Ancillary)
PHYS 301 Classical Mechanics I 3 Major
PHYS 320 + PHYZ 320 Modern Physics and Laboratory 4 Major
PHYS 340 Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics 3 Major
PHYS 376 Electromagnetism I 3 Major
PHYS 380 Quantum Physics I 3 Major
PHYS 450 Senior Physics Laboratory 3 Major
PHYS 490 Seminar in Conceptual Physics 1 Major
Select 9 credits of elective physics classes (see VCU advisor for course options) 9 Major
Electives consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 23 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120