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Physics is the study of the laws and properties of matter, including mechanics, energy, sound, heat, light, electricity, and magnetism. The courses offered at Pierce College find applications in many related areas, among them chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, geophysics, astronomy, oceanography, meteorology, environmental sciences, and math.A major in physics would serve as a basis for work in industry, government, or teaching.

Transfer possibilities

Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further training in physics are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce.

Physics major

The following courses are recommended for students planning to transfer as physics majors:

  • PHYS& 221-223: Engineering physics I-III
  • ENGR& 224: Thermodynamics
  • MATH& 151-153: Calculus I-III
  • MATH 205: Linear algebra
  • MATH 224: Multivariate calculus
  • CHEM& 161 & 162: General chemistry w/lab I-II(or 10 credits of physical science, not physics or math)

Hillary Stephens
Physics & Astronomy Professor

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