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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.

Career Opportunities

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.

 

Degree Options

Physics
Physics is the study of the fundamental nature of our universe. This knowledge is applicable to a wide variety of disciplines in the biological and physical sciences, engineering, medicine, and technology. By taking physics at Clark College, you will get the benefits of small class size, up-to-date laboratory equipment, and instructors who place their emphasis on quality learning.

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.
Physics (AST2)
This is a suggested program for the first two years of major study in Physics. Lower-division course requirements will vary depending on the transfer institution. Contact an advisor at the transfer institution to determine required coursework as early as possible. Additional courses are needed to satisfy graduation requirements for the Associate in Science or the Associate in Arts degree.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (10 credits required)
 
MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Health Requirement
2 cr.
Physical Education Activity
1 cr.
Humanities & Social Sciences (15 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements
10 cr.
Pre-Major Program Requirements
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or
MATH 111
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
5 cr.
MATH&153
CALCULUS III
5 cr.
MATH 221
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
5 cr.
MATH&254
CALCULUS IV
5 cr.
Electives
1-5 cr.
Science Sequence Requirements
CHEM&141
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
4 cr.
CHEM&142
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
4 cr.
CHEM&143
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
4 cr.
CHEM&151
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
1 cr.
CHEM&152
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
1 cr.
CHEM&153
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
2 cr.
PHYS&241
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
4 cr.
and PHYS&231
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB I
1 cr.
PHYS&242
ENGINEERING PHYSICS II
4 cr.
and PHYS&232
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB II
1 cr.
PHYS&243
ENGINEERING PHYSICS III
4 cr.
and PHYS&233
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB III
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90 minimum
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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)