Why Choose Physics?

Principles of physics are seen at work in many common aspects of our modern life including energy production, airplanes, medical imaging, computers, and architecture. Studying physics will help you develop skills to solve real-world problems and to appreciate how the universe works.

Skills Acquired


Physics programs include topics such as:

  • Classic and modern physics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Wave properties
  • Relativity and quantum theory
  • Laboratory methods
  • Use of tools such as lasers and mass spectrometers
  • Thermodynamics
  • Properties of light
  • Motion and kinetics

Careers in Physics

Projected Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physicists and astronomers is expected to increase by 14% through 2020.

Types of Jobs


Individuals who study Physics typically pursue careers as:

  • Astronomers
  • College Atmospheric and Space Science Teachers
  • College Physics Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Natural Science Managers
  • Physicists


Average State Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2012), the national median annual salary for physicists was $106,840 ($51.37 per hour) and it was $96,460 ($46.38) for astronomers.



Physics programs teach students about the laws that govern matter and energy.

Degrees & Certificates in Physics

An Associate of Arts (AA) in physics will prepare you to transfer to a physics or astronomy program at a four-year institution of higher learning. The AA ensures that you have taken the required lower division coursework in physics and mathematics necessary to begin upper division coursework.

The AA also includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and thus will ensure you have satisfied general education coursework for other MnSCU institutions and the University of Minnesota.

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