Physics is the study of natural phenomena. Studying physics provides a framework for the conceptual understanding of all relations governing physical processes.
Major concepts such as energy conservation apply throughout nature and are seen in each course. The understanding of the behavior of a specific system lies in seeing its connection to these larger concepts. Doing physics emphasizes applying natural laws to specific scenarios to develop predictive, quantitative models.
Skills obtained from studying and using physics are useful in all sciences. As well, the skills obtained from using physics apply in any area where quantitative analysis is required such as engineering and computer programming.
Explore Potential Careers
Studying Physics can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!
- Computer Programmer
Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish.
Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals.
|MATH 90 + 90S
|Precalculus Algebra with support
|CCSF GE Area D
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement
|CCSF GE Area E
Total Units: 11-13
|ENGL 1A + 1AS
|University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support
|CCSF GE Area F
|United States History and Government Requirement
Total Units: 10-12
Semester 3 (Summer)
Total Units: 8
|Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers
|Mechanics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers
Total Units: 9
|Electromagnetism for Scientists and Engineers
|Electromagnetism Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers
Total Units: 9
The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Physics programs at the following institutions:
- University of California
- California State Universities
Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.