Learn the laws and properties of matter with an associate’s degree in physics that prepares you for transfer to a four-year college and a wide range of careers in industry, government and education.


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.

Pierce offers introductory courses in astronomy for students interested in the moon, planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies. These fascinating courses can help you understand the science behind these incredible celestial bodies. Learn their motions, distances, magnitudes, and relationships to earth, and begin a journey toward greater understanding of all space.

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Professor & Department Coordinator - Earth & Space Sciences
Physics & Astronomy Professor