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Physics Department

Why Study Physics

Courses in physics reveal the mathematical beauty of the universe at scales ranging from subatomic to cosmological. Studying physics strengthens quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills that are valuable in areas beyond physics.

Students who study physics or engineering physics are prepared to work on forefront ideas in science and technology, in academia, the government, or the private sector.  Careers might focus on basic research in astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, atomic physics, photonics or condensed matter physics, or in more applied research in areas such as renewable energy, quantum information science, materials development, biophysics, or medical physics.

Getting Started

Always check course prerequisites when planning your schedule of classes. Plan well in advance to submit your prerequisite clearance request if you think you've already met the prerequisite requirement through another college.


Contact Us

David Newton

Physics Department Coordinator
Phone: 408.864.8668

Campus Map: Science Center



Physics Building:  S31
Contact: David Newton
Phone: 408.864.8668

Last Updated: 7/10/17