Physics

Students working together on a computer in the physics lab.

Overview

Physics seeks to improve our understanding of the fundamental forces in the universe, matter and energy, and natural phenomena ranging from the substructure of atomic nuclei to clusters of galaxies. At ECC, the Physics Department helps students begin their educational journeys as they prepare for careers in the sciences, computing, engineering, teaching, and research.

If you have a passion for understanding how things work, enjoy scientific experiments and applied mathematics, and are driven to apply this knowledge toward the development of new technologies and scientific theories, you should consider a career in physics.

The coursework establishes an in-depth physical science-centric method of thinking and problem solving. After completing these classes, students may transfer to a chosen four-year institution and begin junior-level classes in physics and engineering. Work with your academic advisor to develop a transfer plan customized to your interests.

ECC’s physics curriculum features close work with faculty to build a strong foundation in scientific principles and techniques. An innovative sophomore-level summer course in modern physics introduces students to special relativity, quantum mechanics, lasers, superconductors, nuclear physics, and atomic physics. The laboratory component for all physics courses provides hands-on experience with the same instruments and software in use at industrial and academic research facilities.

Planning to Transfer

Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer or dual admissions with a university by visiting University Transfer & Partnerships.