Physics

Program Purpose: Students who complete Physics courses will apply fundamental physical laws and equations describing physical phenomena to analyze both quantitatively and qualitatively specific problems in the physical universe, recognize, comprehend, and apply the similar principles in the various disciplines of physics and critically evaluate and analyze observations and measurements through the use of accepted scientific methods and report the results in formal papers that conform to the style of modern scientific writing.

Program Description: The strong emphasis in physics on fundamental concepts and problem solving makes it one of the most versatile majors available. The Physics major provides the basis for careers in applied physics and in interdisciplinary areas such as astronomy, biophysics, environmental science, oceanography, and scientific instrumentation.

Program student learning outcomes and mapping

Physics is the science of matter and its motion, as well as space and time. Physics deals with concepts such as force, energy, mass, and charge. As an experimental science, its goal is to understand the natural world. Physics courses fulfill science requirements for an associate degree and transfer to four-year colleges as part of pre-major preparation.