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Compton College / Guided Pathway Divisions / Science, Technology, Engineering and Math / Physics


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Guided Pathway Division

The physics program provides students with the ability to use and develop problem solving strategies that apply to physical concepts involving mechanics, thermodynamics, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Laboratory activities establish a foundation in measurement and analysis techniques necessary to test, understand, and apply physical concepts. Upon completion of the program requirements, students will be prepared to transfer and major in physics. Competency will be assessed by evaluating the student’s ability to quantitatively and qualitatively determine the results of physical situations.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the degree program, students will be able to:

  • Trace the development of a scientific idea from gathering of data through development of a hypothesis to testing a prediction.
  • Make scientific measurements and demonstrate the difference between disagreement and error.
  • Read a simple graph or diagram and interpret the results appropriately.


Course Catalog (PDF)

Majors Preparation Work Sheets (Counseling webpage)

Contact Information:

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guided Pathway Division

Abiodun Osanyinpeju, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Learning

Donald Roach, Ph.D.
Division Chair

Physics Faculty:

Kent Schwitkis, Ph.D.

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