Physics

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 into any STEM degree (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 (http://www.aps.org).

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. Upon 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 successful physics students 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.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  
Student Success Seminar
PHY105  
Astronomy (lab)
ENG124  
College Composition
MTH135  
Precalculus
SOC225  
Cultural Diversity
ENG221  
Technical Report Writing
MTH223  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
 
Concentration Elective
 
Concentration Elective
 
Arts & Humanities Elective
 
Social & Behavioral Science Elective
PHY221  
General Physics I with Calculus (lab)
MTH224  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
 
Social & Behavioral Science Elective
MTH225  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
PHY222  
General Physics II with Calculus (lab)
 
Concentration Elective

TOTAL CREDITS 60-65

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