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Physics / Astronomy

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.

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.

Astronomy is concerned with all that lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere. It is the study of the origin and evolution of the universe, the physics and chemistry of celestial bodies, and the calculation of their positions and motions.

To succeed in either Physics or Astronomy, 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 / Astronomy Program at Skyline College

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

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. Most jobs in physics or astronomy require a Ph.D., so the program at Skyline College is a good launching point for pursing education at a four-year university.

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