Physics

Program Overview

Do you want to be on the cutting edge of scientific ideas and technology? If so, consider a career in physics. This branch of science is concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. From the subatomic to the cosmological, physics seeks to reveal and explain the splendors of the universe.

Our Physics program is designed to provide you with the first two years of a four-year curriculum if you wish to specialize in physics or are preparing to apply for professional graduate programs in various medical fields. Experienced instructors will teach you how to describe, predict, and explain real-world phenomena, utilizing a variety of different representations like mathematical, graphical, and pictorial formalisms. You’ll learn how to collect and analyze experimental data, and then draw reasonable conclusions to both develop and support the laws of physics. You’ll also be able to apply the principles of physics to solve problems both inside and outside the classroom.

There is a wide range of career paths depending on whether you pursue a bachelor’s or graduate degree in physics — like teaching, medicine, intellectual property or patent law, science writing, science policy, energy policy, government, and management in technical fields.

Join the Physics program and take the first step toward accelerating your career.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

 

As a GateWay Community College student in this field, you are able to start your bachelor's degree at a significant savings. Through partnerships with our state universities, you are able to transfer many of your credits earned at GateWay. 

Review the course requirements for complete details, and work with an advisor regarding pathways to transfer credits to one of the state universities. 

GateWay offers PHY101 "Introduction to Physics" as well as many others. This particular course provides a survey of physics emphasizing applications of physics to modern life.

Students may need to take the math placement exam in order to be considered for admission to the class. Contact the Testing Center for instructions and additional information including testing dates and times.

Program Locations

Washington Campus 

Program Cost Estimates*

Associate in Science, Emphasis in Physics: $5,774

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.