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There are laws of how things work--mysterious, unseen forces such as gravity and magnetic fields. Physics examines these laws and their influence on the world around us.
Why Study Physics: Physics helps you understand the world around you. In GPC physics classes, you’ll learn how the laws of physics answer practical questions:
What causes you to lose control of your car on a wet road?
How does air pressure affect the bounce of a basketball?
How do microwaves cook food?
Why does hot water freeze faster than cold?
A physicist uses testing and research to develop technology and improvements for society, including:
Alternate energy options
Medical equipment such as the MRI
Advanced telescopes, such as the Hubble
“One of the highlights of my academic career was taking Physics 2211 at the Clarkston Campus of GPC. Physics, rather than being a chore, became an adventure and a learning experience combined.”
Bob Loewenthal, GPC Student
GPC’s Physics program builds a strong science foundation and prepares students for further study and transfer to a four-year institution. A doctorate is generally required to become a career physicist, but a bachelor’s degree in physics opens the door to a variety of job opportunities, including:
Technician, research assistant or writer in engineering or science-related fields
High school science teacher
Skill Check for a Career in Physics
Problem-solving and analytical skills
Inquisitive mind and imagination
Initiative and dedication
Physicists employed by industries,research institutions or universities earn $82,000 to $148,000 per year,depending on level of education according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
GPC has tutorial, grant and career-focused programs to encourage and support science, technology, engineering and math majors:
We help you succeed at GPC and prepare you for a four-year degree program…and beyond.
Check out the American Physical Society site for more information about careers in physics. For more information about the required courses in Physics at GPC, view the Physics Advisement Form or our online catalog.