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 (

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

Student Success Seminar
Astronomy (lab)
College Composition
Cultural Diversity
Technical Report Writing
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Concentration Elective
Concentration Elective
Arts & Humanities Elective
Social & Behavioral Science Elective
General Physics I with Calculus (lab)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Social & Behavioral Science Elective
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
General Physics II with Calculus (lab)
Concentration Elective


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