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Career Opportunities

Physics students may select a career in a wide range of scientific and technical fields. Students should bear in mind that most of these career areas require education or training beyond the Associate of Science degree. Depending on the career plans of the student, the Physics emphasis will be at the general physics or the college physics level.

The Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in Physics prepares the student to pursue university studies leading to a bachelor's degree. The basic AS program, at the general physics level, prepares students for further education in fields such as biology, medicine, or secondary education. Students seeking a bachelor's degree in fields such as physics, engineering, or computer science will require the more advanced mathematics and physics.
Students planning to transfer to a college or university should check the specific degree plan requirements of their intended major.

Career fields available to the physics student include:

  • Aerospace Technology
  • Astronomy
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Elementary or Secondary Education
  • Engineering Civil, Electrical, Industrial or mechanical
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Research Scientist
  • Meteorology
  • Patent Law
  • Physics

General Physics Level

Students seeking degrees in biology or pre-medicine should select general physics courses.

University Physics Level

Students seeking advanced degrees in science and engineering fields should select the general physics level courses and advanced level physics and mathematics courses (such as the courses listed below) for the AS degree.

  • University Physics I
  • University Physics II
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II

Recommended Electives

  • Stars and Galaxies
  • Academic Co-op Physics
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Technical and Business Writing (ENGLISH)
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Calculus III


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