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Physics is the study of how matter and energy interact. It can help us understand everything from the grand scale of the universe to the tiniest bits of matter. That makes it one of the most useful sciences. A Physics degree can lead to careers in astronomy, computer science, engineering and much more. But it takes time to get there. Many physics-focused careers require a master’s degree or more. At WWCC, you can earn an affordable associate degree that will let you transfer to a four-year college with junior standing. It’s a smart way to start down the path to a science career.

Careers in Physics

Calling All Inventors and Problem Solvers

Physics majors have flexible skills that lend themselves to a variety of great careers. Many work in applied research, designing new products and solving problems in the private sector. Others study the building blocks of the universe in government labs. With a Physics degree, you can become an engineer, astronomer or computer programmer. You can use your math skills to study real-life problems in finance, healthcare or public policy. Or you can teach in high schools and colleges. If you’re curious, inventive and hard-working, Physics can be the start of a rewarding career.

Certificates & Degrees in Physics

WWCC offers two transfer degrees for students with different goals. If you want to prepare for a Bachelor of Science program, you can earn an Associate in Science. It’s focused on math, physics and other natural sciences. If you want to prepare for a Bachelor of Arts program, you can earn an Associate in Arts. It has a heavier focus on humanities. Both degrees are designed to meet your general ed requirements and set you up to transfer to the program of your choice as a junior. Talk with your advisor about your long-term goals to decide which path is right for you.

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Physics Program Details

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the knowledge foundational to physical, life and/or sports sciences.
  • Test hypotheses in the laboratory or field using discipline-specific tools and techniques for data collection and analysis.
  • Use empirical evidence or mathematical models generated from observable phenomena to reach an informed conclusion.
  • Evaluate the validity of scientific information and reflect upon its implications.
  • Communicate scientific information effectively using written, oral, and/or visual forms.
  • Make decisions and propose solutions based on science regarding their own personal health as well as issues that impact their communities.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Financial aid — grants, scholarships and student loans.
  • Workforce Education Services — support for students on workforce training pathways.
  • Warrior Pledge — covers needs not met by other financial aid.
  • Flexible payment plans — low monthly payments with no interest.
  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

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