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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 Paradise Valley Community College?

As physicist Albert Einstein once said, "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think."

Enrolling in physics at PVCC, students become immersed in real hands-on applications, dealing with continuous problem solving. Students quickly learn how to think critically and apply those critical thinking skills in real-life contexts. Led by experienced faculty who have worked in related fields, students are privy to their research and industry knowledge, and are rewarded by being exposed to prestigious summer internships at national accelerator laboratories.

From the moment students enter PVCC classrooms, they become fully immersed and engaged in learning. Our approach helps train them for their future career paths, learning teamwork, collaboration, and trial-and-error. Beyond the benefits of one-on-one interaction with professors and classroom collaboration, students also have the chance to perform real hands-on labs outdoors.