Explore Physics at Bay College

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Why Physics?

Physics is a broad field that can lead to several different career paths, including research in the many sub-fields of physics and astronomy, engineering, education and technology. Many careers in the other natural sciences also require some general physics knowledge; for example, pre-medical programs.  Jobs in Physics require a Bachelor degree or higher. Most people pursuing a degree in physics are serious about seeking a Masters degree or Ph.D., with the strong desire to engage in research as a physicist or astronomer.

Just of few examples of the many physics and astronomy sub-fields include cosmology, high-energy field theory, condensed-matter physics, optics/photonics and space physics. Upon completion of a Masters or Ph.D. in physics, if research is not a desired pursuit, the graduate has other options, such as teaching at a 2-year community college or 4-year college.  Researchers can expect to one day seek Assistant Professor positions at major 4-year research universities.

Why Bay College?

Beginning undergraduate students seeking a Bachelors degree in physics can begin their education at Bay College by taking Calculus I, II, and III, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (all required math courses) and Engineering Physics I and II, as well as General Chemistry I and II (also required).  These classes all transfer to the student’s next institution.  The above classes also apply to engineering degrees.  Beginning undergraduate students seeking a degree in chemistry or biology can plan on taking two semesters of trigonometry-based physics, which Bay offers, titled Elements of Physics I and II.  Students at Bay can get a head start on their degree of interest at much lower cost with much better access to their chemistry, math and physics instructors than they would at a large 4-year institution.

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Beyond Bay College

Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher may find opportunities in the following areas of study:

  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Education
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