Gogebic Community College

Physics

Nature of the Work

Physicists explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behavior of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy. Most physicists work in research and development. Some also design research equipment. Most physicists specialize in one of many subfields such as elementary particle physics, nuclear, atomic, and molecular physics, etc.

Employment

Physicists held about 20,000 jobs in 1994. A significant number also held faculty positions at universities. A doctorial degree is the usual educational requirement because most jobs are in research and development. Those having master's or bachelor's degrees in physics are generally qualified to work in an engineering related area or other scientific field, to work as technicians, or to assist in setting up laboratories.

The Program

The Gogebic Community College physics curriculum is designed to provide the general education courses that are required to transfer to a university for bachelor's degree completion.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Physics:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
MTH 150 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
4
MTH 151 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
4
CSI 205 Introduction to FORTRAN
4
PHY 251 General Physics I
5
PHY 252 General Physics II
5
MTH 152 Calculus III
4
MTH 220 Differential Equations
4
PHY 261 Statistics
3
  Humanities Electives
9
  Social Science Electives
9
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
70

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

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