The study of Physics is the study of the universe, beginning with the fundamental structures of nature such as energy and matter. Ideas in physics have led to great developments such as such as relativity, superconductivity, the semiconductor chip, lasers, and string theory.

Careers in physics include: basic and applied research, engineering, science education, and almost any field requiring you to think analytically about whole systems. It is also excellent preparation for higher educational pursuits in professional schools in medicine and patent law.

The mission of the Physics Department at College of Alameda is to integrate problem-solving with a firm conceptual foundation and laboratory exercises. You will spend time working with other students in class, discussing physics concepts and solving problems together.

Physics Department Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Students apply the concepts of physics to everyday situations.
  2. Students develop descriptions of physical systems using mathematics and calculate measurable quantities.
  3. Students set up laboratory equipment safely, plan and carry out experimental procedures, identify possible sources of error, reduce and interpret data, and prepare clear written reports.

Internships and Opportunities:  Link to list compiled by chemical engineering student Kate Sciamanna.