Physics is the study of the fundamental laws of nature from which we can understand and predict events in our world. It is fundamental to all of the sciences and it is especially fundamental to all of the engineering disciplines. With a degree in physics you can pursue a career in research and development, education or you can specialize in a branch of physics such as nuclear or optical. In many cases, physicists will pursue graduate degrees such as masters or Ph.Ds in order to successfully compete in the field.
FVCC offers 14 credit hours of calculus-based physics in three sequential courses which are the freshman/sophomore courses offered at universities all over the world. Topics range from mechanics to electricity and magnetism to modern physics. The courses are prerequisites for all of the advanced physics courses and all of the engineering courses. All of the physics courses are accompanied by laboratories and most meet the requirements of the general education core in natural science.
The following FVCC suggested courses of study are recommended for students interested in pursuing a physics major with transfer to either Montana State University – Bozeman or The University of Montana – Missoula. Students interested in beginning their work at FVCC toward a degree in physics should carefully consult the current catalog of the college or university to which they anticipate transferring to in order to determine specific degree requirements.