The Field

Physics is the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy, including heat, light and radiation, sound electricity, magnetism and the structure of atoms.

To succeed in Physics, students will need to display a keen intellectual curiosity that pushes them to ask questions and seek answers about the physical world around them and the universe beyond. Students should have strong critical thinking and analytical skills along with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

The Physics Program at Skyline College

Studying physics offers a unique opportunity to better understand the physical world and the laws that govern it. The Physics Department offers a wide range of courses that fulfill General Education requirements for a variety of majors. The department also offers courses in Astronomy.

We also offer two Associate of Science Degrees in Physics that can help you create a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

The applications for a degree in physics are broad, including a variety of careers in the sciences and engineering. Many jobs in physics require a Ph.D., so the program at Skyline College is a good launching point for pursing education at a four-year university.

Physicists spend much of their time working in offices and conducting research in laboratories and observatories. Most physicists work full time. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Physicists in California make an average of $114,450 per year.