Physics Program

The physics program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree in general physics or applied physics.

Physicists seek to discover and describe the rules governing natural phenomena at all scales, from the sub-nuclear building blocks to the large-scale structure of the universe. They are concerned with the properties, changes and interactions of matter, energy and other physical phenomena. They conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories and laws, and devise methods of applying the laws of physics to industry, medicine and other fields.

Physicists may specialize in several areas, such as:

  • Astrophysics
  • Bio- and medical physics
  • Quantum physics
  • Solid state physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Acoustical physics
  • Fluid and plasma physics
  • Education

Transfer and Employment Information

This program provides the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in physics. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, the student should consult an advisor or the Dean for STEM for academic guidance and other curriculum options to follow such as General Studies.

Scientific research and development services firms and the federal government employ three out of five physicists. Employment opportunities are more numerous for those with an advanced degree, particularly graduates from programs preparing them for applied research and development, product design, and manufacturing positions in the industry. Despite keen competition for traditional physics positions, individuals with a physics degree at any level will find their skills useful for entry into many other occupations that involve problem solving using scientific methods.