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Physics is fundamental science. It is concerned with finding and using the rules that govern the myriad contents of our universe—from the smallest parts of the atom to planets, stars, and more.

Overview of Cern Supercollider with insert of ATLAS DetectorStudents majoring in physics will be rewarded on the personal level with a deep understanding of the world around us. On a professional level, physicists find a variety of employment opportunities which are relatively free of ethnic and gender bias, pay well, reward creativity, and are just plain fun.

Physics courses are offered to meet the student's diverse needs: (1) an introductory course which is descriptive and uses little mathematics provides an overview of physics for Liberal Arts and Science majors; (2) Physics for the Life Sciences presents physics in sufficient depth for students whose careers in life sciences and related fields will require a physics background with some experience with calculus and (3) PHYSIC 200, 201 and 210 provide a rigorous development of physics using calculus to prepare students for further studies in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in either physics or astronomy should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

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