Physics | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio


A physics degree can take you from NASA to Wall Street and a lot of places in between.

Physicists are highly capable, solid-thinking, leadership-quality people. From art restoration to rubber, you’ll find physicists in many areas of industry research. They work in scientific research labs, such as NASA and CERN (the European organization for nuclear research), but you’ll also find them in academia and government, patent law, medical facilities, technical writing and an amazing variety of other areas.

Transfer your associate degree into any STEM program (including physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, environmental studies, and computer programming), and you’re likely to be among the 95% of physics graduates who find jobs right out of college and – even better – earning an above-average starting salary (

In Stark State’s physics department you’ll benefit from small class sizes and excellent lab facilities and opportunities. Passionate instructors deliver a wide variety of course offerings, including astronomy. After graduation you’ll be ready to enter your junior year at nearly any four-year university, where our courses easily transfer.

You’re likely to be a successful physics student if you’re curious, want to know why things work, like to solve problems and are excited about exploring the unknown. You’ll refine your ability to reason and carry out calculations, both abstract and concrete, and learn to be a good collaborator as well as an independent thinker.

Work in many areas, including

  • physicist
  • astronomer
  • engineer
  • lab technician
  • research scientist

Prepare for a career as a

  • physics
  • astronomy
  • engineering
  • IT
  • Associate of science in physics

Our transfer agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities help you move smoothly – and affordably – from an associate degree to a baccalaureate program.

Program learning outcomes

  • Work professionally within a group in a laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of physics and/or astronomy.
  • Apply problem solving skills using mathematical and physical reasoning, including applying the scientific method.
  • Write technical reports at a level appropriate for a scientific audience.

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