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.
Students 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