The Physics Department offers a variety of laboratory-based courses for students interested in studying physics, engineering, and other sciences, as well as support courses for students studying health careers, teaching, and other topics.
Students in other scientific disciplines will typically take the algebra-based courses PHYS-131 and PHYS-132.
Students taking PHYS-120 and PHYS-121 will apply the laws of physics to solve everyday technical problems in the workplace.
PHYS-133 introduces various branches of physics to students who have limited mathematical skills. It is appropriate for students needing to fill a one-semester laboratory science requirement and for those in certain programs in Health Careers and teaching.
Students interested in majoring in general science should consider completing the Science Associate in Science degree. This program gives students the option to complete science courses that align with their interests, strengths, or personal goals.
NOTE to potential physics majors: Physics is a rigorous academic program requiring strong math and science skills. Students in physics programs at 4-year colleges and universities typically take 16-18 credit hours each semester. The majority of these courses are in physics and mathematics. Individuals planning to major in physics should plan on a rigorous high school background including four years of college prep math and science.