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The ultimate goal in the science of physics is the understanding of materials, structures and behaviors of everything from the grand scale of the entire universe down to the smallest, most fundamental bit of matter. It is referred to as the most fundamental of the sciences. More specifically, it includes, but not limited to, the study of mechanics, gravitation, oscillations, fluids, thermodynamics, waves, optics, electricity, magnetism, relativity, quantum physics, and nuclear physics.



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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362

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The Science Division seeks to provide students with a diverse array of physical and life science classes through which they will develop an increased awareness and understanding of scientific knowledge and the scientific method of investigation by which this knowledge has been gained.

Program Outcomes

  • An understanding of discipline specific terminology and methods.
  • An ability to correctly use discipline specific tools and /or techniques.
  • Critical thinking skills necessary in science including appropriate study techniques, problem solving skills and the use of data to assess the validity of claims.
  • The ability to research, interpret and communicate concepts obtained from scientific literature.
  • An understanding of the relationships between course concepts and society, including the impact of course specific technology.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Science Degree - Option II (90 credits) which is designed to prepare students for upper division study in physics. Please consult with an advisor at WWCC and your intended transfer institution to determine an appropriate education plan. (See AS Option II in Degrees section of catalog.)

Preparation for Success

Students interested in a major in Physics should take additional courses in mathematics, computer programming and chemistry. Physics degrees are often combined with other sciences, such as astronomy, biology and geology; so courses in those areas are also recommended.