What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Physics Pathway, A.S.

Phone: 678-212-7523

What Is Physics?

Physics is the exploration, identification and study of basic principles and laws governing motion, energy, structure and the intersection of matter. These include the unseen forces of gravity, electric and magnetic forces. Physics examines these laws and their influences on society and the world.

Why study Physics?

Physics helps you understand the world around you. Perimeter College physics classes teach you how the laws of physics answer practical questions:

  • What causes you to lose control of your car on a wet road?
  • How does air pressure affect the bounce of a basketball?
  • How do microwaves cook food?
  • Why are the peanuts always near the bottom of the Cracker Jack box?

Physicists use testing and research to develop technology and improvements for society, including alternate energy options, medical equipment such as the MRI and high-resolution telescopes such as the Hubble.

At Perimeter College, you can take Physics courses on all five campuses. All Physics lecture courses (not laboratory courses) required for the Physics Pathway also are offered online.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Physics Pathway, A.S.

Phone: 678-212-7523

What Is Physics?

Physics is the exploration, identification and study of basic principles and laws governing motion, energy, structure and the intersection of matter. These include the unseen forces of gravity, electric and magnetic forces. Physics examines these laws and their influences on society and the world.

Why study Physics?

Physics helps you understand the world around you. Perimeter College physics classes teach you how the laws of physics answer practical questions:

  • What causes you to lose control of your car on a wet road?
  • How does air pressure affect the bounce of a basketball?
  • How do microwaves cook food?
  • Why are the peanuts always near the bottom of the Cracker Jack box?

Physicists use testing and research to develop technology and improvements for society, including alternate energy options, medical equipment such as the MRI and high-resolution telescopes such as the Hubble.

At Perimeter College, you can take Physics courses on all five campuses. All Physics lecture courses (not laboratory courses) required for the Physics Pathway also are offered online.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

How much does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Students should consult with advisors to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisors about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Pathway Highlights

alexandra_brosius“I didn’t think it was possible to have a career in science, but the faculty and staff at Perimeter College helped me find my dream career and the path to make it come true. Thanks, Perimeter. I couldn’t have gotten here without you!”

 

Alexandra Brosius
Perimeter College Alumnas
Doctoral Student and Research Assistant
Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
Pennsylvania State University

Careers

Perimeter College’s guided pathway in Physics builds a strong science foundation and prepares students for further study and transitioning to a bachelor’s program. A bachelor’s degree in physics opens the door to job opportunities in education, engineering and other areas. A doctorate is generally required to become a career physicist. Career roles in physics include:

    ·       Astrophysicist
    ·       Atomic and molecular physicist
    ·       Biophysicist
    ·       Condensed matter physicist
    ·       Engineer
    ·       Geophysicist
    ·       Medical physicist
    ·       Nuclear physicist
    ·       Optical physicist
    ·       Physical science technician
    ·       Plasma physicists
    ·       Radio astronomer

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pathway Details

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.

9072 Physics Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Physics

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)

Recommendations

Area A:

  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3) or MATH 1113 Precalculus (3) or higher level mathematics course.

Area D:

  • Required course: MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4) (or a higher-level mathematics course)
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. Carryover from Areas A and/or D (1-2 hours):
    • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each four-hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.
  2. Required Courses (unless used to satisfy Area D requirements) (16):
    • PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I (3) and PHYS 2211L Principles of Physics I Lab (1)
    • PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II (3) and PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics II Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • MATH 2212 Calculus of One Variable II (4)
    • MATH 2215 Multivariate Calculus (4)
  3. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • CSC 1301 Principles of Computer Science I (4)
    • CSC 1302 Principles of Computer Science II (4)
    • ASTR 1010 Astronomy of the Solar System (3) and ASTR 1010L Astronomy of the Solar System Lab (1)
    • ASTR 1020 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy (3) and ASTR 1020L Stellar and Galactic Astronomy Lab (1)
    • BIOL 1103 Introductory Biology I (3) and BIOL 1103L Introductory Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 1104 Introductory Biology II (3) and BIOL 1104L Introductory Biology II Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3) and BIOL 2107L Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2108 Principles of Biology II (3) and BIOL 2108L Principles of Biology II Lab (1)
    • GEOL 1121 Introductory Geology I (3) and GEOL 1121L Introductory Geology I Lab (1)
    • GEOL 1122 Introductory Geology II (3) and GEOL 1122L Introductory Geology II Lab (1)
    • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
    • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educ. Contexts (3)
    • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
    • RSCH 1203 Research Strategies and Technology (1)
  • Students should choose courses appropriate to their intended pathway. Please consult with your academic advisor for additional guidance.
  • All separate lecture and lab course combinations (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

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Admissions
For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Alpharetta Campus

Dr. Solomon Fesseha
Department Chair of Physical Sciences
Alpharetta Campus
sfesseha@gsu.edu
678-212-7523

Contessa Paige
Administrative Secretary
Alpharetta Campus
cpaige@gsu.edu
678-240-6037

Clarkston Campus

Dr. Michael Nelson
Associate Chair
Clarkston Campus
mnelson38@gsu.edu
678-891-3782

Shamin Shah
Administrative Secretary
Clarkston Campus
sshah7@gsu.edu
678-891-3789

Decatur Campus

Dr. Pamela Legett-Robinson
Associate Chair
Decatur Campus
Pleggett1@gsu.edu
678-891-2602

Linda York
Administrative Secretary
Decatur Campus
Lyork@gsu.edu
678-891-2609

Dunwoody Campus

Dr. Glenn Nomura
Associate Chair
Dunwoody Campus
gnomura@gsu.edu
770-274-5062

Ms. Connie Fickenscher
Administrative Secretary
Dunwoody Campus
Cfickenscher@gsu.edu
770-274-5071

Newton Campus

Dr. Michael Sakuta
Associate Chair
Newton Campus
Msakuta@gsu.edu
770-278-1268

Jill Heft
Administrative Secretary
Newton Campus
Jheft@gsu.edu
770-278-1263

Online

Science (LES and PS) Department
olsci@gsu.edu

Administrative Assistant
Michelle Jordan
mjordan@gsu.edu
678-212-7577

Online Science Associate Department Chair
Dr. Deniz Ballero
dballero@gsu.edu
678-212-7567

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