Physics provides a pathway to a wide variety of high demand careers in diverse sectors with the skills related to numeracy, problem solving, data analysis and communication of complex ideas, as well as understanding of how the world works on a scientific level. Students will enhance their problem solving and critical thinking skills as they explore the relationship of physics to other topic in science, technology and engineering.

Core classes include:

  • Physics (Scientific and Engineering)
  • Calculus

Related electives include:

  • Environmental Science
  • Statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Linear Algebra

Physics Majors go into a wide variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Associate's Level:
At the Bachelor's Level:
At the Master's/Doctorate Level
Entry Manufacturing Engineer Tech Engineer Medical Doctor
Data Scientist Entry High School Physics Teacher (w/credential) Radiation Oncology Physicist
Operator and Technician Renewable Energy College Professor
Associate Staff Scientist Computer Science Engineer Patent Law Engineering
Research & Development (R & D)

Staff Scientist/R&D

R&D Lab Scientist/Data
Lab Technologist


Physicist at NASA/similar

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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