A branch of the physical sciences, physics is the study of energy, space, matter, the interactions between matter and the laws which govern these interactions. Physicists consider themselves the most fundamental of scientists, for they are the ones who examine the basic laws of nature. They seek to study and understand what happens when atoms and subatomic particles break down and assemble, how they react to collisions with each other and to electro-magnetic radiation. Physicists use mathematics to understand, explain and predict their theories and equations. They often apply their predictions and theories to other fields – chemistry, biology, geophysics, engineering, communication, transportation, electronics and health. This curriculum may also academically prepare the student to transfer to a four-year university to complete a Baccalaureate degree program. Please check with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
The following list is a sample of the many career options available to the physics major. A few of these require an associate degree, some require a bachelor's degree, and most require a graduate-level degree: research assistant, laboratory technician, high school or college instructor, technical writer and research; or applied physicist in acoustics, atmospheric physics, astrophysics, astronomy, atomic and molecular physics, electricity and magnetism, electronic instrumentation, energy conservation, geophysics, health physics, mechanics, heat or light physics, medical imaging, nuclear health physics, mechanics, nuclear medicine, solar energy, nuclear physics, engineering, and scientific computing.
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