Physics is an area of study that involves understanding the energy and matter that make up our universe. The practice of physics can be used in various applications that include biological and physical sciences.
Clark's Physics Department provides a learning environment that includes small classrooms and learning on industry-standard equipment.
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Foundational Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Physics is a far-reaching discipline that teaches students the process of thinking analytically through creative experimentation. Clark’s physics program involves a focus on chemistry, mathematics, and engineering concepts to build a solid foundation in the physical sciences.
Employment opportunities for physicists vary depending on industry and exist in a variety of formats: biochemist, biophysicist, nanosystems engineer, and materials scientist.
Clark’s program offers an Associate in Science Transfer degree (AST2) designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree program in science or engineering. The job titles listed are opportunities based on a bachelor’s degree and above.
Physics majors can choose from a variety of courses and are encouraged to explore a wide sample of offerings to obtain a well-rounded education. Students wishing to major in physics should contact the Physics Department for program guidance.
- Apply scientific methodologies to develop and answer questions about the natural world.
- Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as an instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a sum.
- Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus.
- Acquire scientific information from appropriate sources to analyze issues, claims or situations.
- Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
- Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
- Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
- Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
- Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
- Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
- Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
- Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
- Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)