Program Info

Degree Type
Area of Study
Office Contact
Math and Science Division: 313-845-9631,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-122
Faculty Contact
James Smith: 313-845-9727,, Science Bldg, Room: J-106D

Program Description


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:General Physics I and PHYS-132:General Physics II.

Students taking PHYS-120: Technical Physics I and PHYS-121: Technical Physics II will apply the laws of physics to solve everyday technical problems in the workplace.

PHYS-133: Principles of Physics 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 General Science Studies Associate in Science degree. This program gives students the option to select a track, such as Biology or Chemistry, to align with their interests, strengths, or personal goals.

Admission Requirements

Additional Program Requirements

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements