What is physics?

Physics is the study of the matter and energy, including how they interact.

Who takes physics classes?

We offer a wide variety of physics courses to suit the needs of our students. Our students range from science and engineering majors to lifelong learners looking to satisfy their curiosity. Some students our physics classes because they are requirements for professional programs, like medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and architecture.  These classes also help you decide if you want to pursue a career in physics!

What do physicists do?

Pursuing a degree in physics leads to lots of job options! Some physicists work at universities and research laboratories. Others work in hospitals, engineering companies, and consulting firms. Some follow paths you might not expect, going to law school to become patent lawyers or becoming project managers at technology firms. Most positions require advanced degrees.

What is the career outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment growth for physicists is 7% from 2014 to 2024. The median annual salary for astronomers is $115,870 in May 2016.

For more information about astronomy-related careers, visit the American Physical Society’s Careers website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the scientific method.
  • Communicate an understanding of the connections between science and other human activities.
  • Examine the universe in a variety of courses.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in a variety of scientific applications.

Related Majors/Degrees/Certificates


Any questions?

Please contact the Physical Sciences Department Chair, Dr. James Covalt.