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Physics is the study of the fundamental laws that govern all matter and energy in the universe and there are numerous focus areas within physics. Many physicists work for optics companies designing lasers for electronic devices. Other physicists work in the medical field creating new, nuclear scanning and diagnostic tools, and still others work for government agencies like NASA engineering robots that will explore Mars and the moons of Jupiter.

As a student of physics you have the opportunity to learn how:

  • To ask and answer scientific questions
  • Matter becomes energy
  • The planets in our solar system move
  • To analyze moving and colliding objects
  • To understand the forces that hold the universe together

Whether you are interested in becoming an optics physicist, astronaut, or just fulfilling your general education requirements, the Phoenix College Physics Department will help you succeed.

Program Curriculum

The completion of physics courses do not lead to a specific Phoenix College program degree; however, most courses satisfy the natural science requirements (see General Education Designation) or program electives in fulfillment of an Associates Degree or Certificate and are a requirement for many health occupation programs.

View Physics Course Listing

For specific course or program requirements, meet with one of the academic advisors for Biosciences located in the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC).

Career and Employment Outlook

Employment is found in a variety of settings such as universities, government agencies, engineering firms, optics and defense companies, and technology companies.

In Arizona, there is rapid growth for all levels of jobs that require a solid foundation in physics. There is a great need for physicists with advanced degrees in the fields of optics, nuclear physics and particle physics.  Typically, jobs in these fields are secure and financially rewarding. For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.