Physics

Physics Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

From the rocks to the stars and everything in between, a degree in physics covers it all.

  • Overview
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    If you pursue an associate degree in science in physics at Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll investigate the grand principles that govern the behavior of everything in the universe – the conservation of momentum, energy and angular momentum, Newton’s Laws, the principles of entropy and thermodynamics.

    Students in the physics academic program also learn about electricity and magnetism as well as their beautiful unification in the phenomenon of light and radiation and the more modern frameworks of Einstein’s special relativity and quantum mechanics.

    After graduating with your degree, you’ll be well-prepared to continue your education at a four-year college or university.

    Energize your life today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

  • Overview
    Person writing a formula on a chalk board

    If you pursue an associate degree in science in physics at Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll investigate the grand principles that govern the behavior of everything in the universe – the conservation of momentum, energy and angular momentum, Newton’s Laws, the principles of entropy and thermodynamics.

    Students in the physics academic program also learn about electricity and magnetism as well as their beautiful unification in the phenomenon of light and radiation and the more modern frameworks of Einstein’s special relativity and quantum mechanics.

    After graduating with your degree, you’ll be well-prepared to continue your education at a four-year college or university.

    Energize your life today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

  • Highlights
    In the OCCC physics degree program, you’ll learn the basics of:Girl working on a laser
    • Kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, waves, sound, fluids and thermodynamics
    • Electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity and atomic and nuclear physics
    • The principles of chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy
    • Qualitative and quantitative descriptions of physical phenomena
    • Quantum mechanics and atomic physics
  • Degree Options
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    Physics Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Oklahoma City Community College offers:

  • Courses
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    Physics Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    At OCCC, you have the opportunity to explore courses featuring topics including:

    • Engineering Physics I and II
    • Modern Physics for Engineers

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on all the physics classes and support science classes available. OCCC offers both daytime and evening physics classes.

  • Faculty
    Gary Houlette

    Gary Houlette


    Professor of Physical Sciences

    M.C.E., Oklahoma State University B.S.C.E., Oklahoma State University A.A., Oklahoma City Community College Registered Professional Engineer

     
    Tad Thurston

    Tad Thurston


    Professor of Physics

    I've believed since I was small that physics and astronomy were the most beautiful and profound areas of study I could imagine.  Towards that end, I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in astrophysics (B.S. 1990) and Physics (Ph.D. 1998) at the University of Oklahoma.  I then spent a number of years as a software engineer involved in scientific visualization of data before returning to teaching here at OCCC in January 2004.  One of my intense current interests is applying the state of current web and graphics technologies to the opportunities of freely accessible science education. 

     
  • After OCCC
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    Careers in Physics

    OCCC graduates typically transfer their credits to a four-year college or university to continue their studies and specialize in an area of the physical sciences. Then, you can begin a career in:

    • Aerospace
    • Astronomy
    • Computer Science/Programming
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Geology
    • Meteorology
    • Physics
    • Research and Development
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