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December 10-16, 2023
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December 22 – January 1
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January 16, 2024
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The A.S. degree in Physics is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions as Physics or other science majors. Physics is also an accepted pre-medical field of study. A large percentage of Physics majors select employment with universities as researchers and/or professors. Private industry employs approximately two-thirds of all non-academic physicists in companies manufacturing aircraft and missiles, chemicals, electrical equipment, and scientific equipment. Government, hospitals, and commercial research laboratories also employ Physics graduates.

Specific careers include:
  • aerodynamist
  • airplane navigator
  • air pollution operating specialist
  • ballistics expert
  • educator
  • electrical or mechanical engineer
  • electrician
  • hydrologist
  • industrial hygienist
  • electrical, laser, mechanical or optics physicist
Most career opportunities in Physics require a B.S. or advanced degree. Students can fulfill lower division General Education and major requirements at College of San Mateo. See the Transfer Planning section of the CSM catalog for more information. Students should also consult the catalog of the college or university to which they plan to transfer.