About the Career

Study matter, energy and the galaxies with a career in physics to unlock the secrets of how our universe works.

  • Physicist

    Physicists conduct experiments, create theories and apply physics to problems. They need at least a bachelor’s degree for federal government jobs and often have advanced degrees for university and research positions. The average salary is $121,770.

  • Astronomer

    Astronomers explore, investigate and interpret astronomical phenomena. The average salary is $110,380 and they often have master’s or doctorate degrees. They usually work for universities or government organizations.

  • High School Teacher

    High school teachers need at least a bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certification and earn a median salary of $58,030.

  • Physics College Professor

    Physics college professors often conduct research and teach. They usually have doctorate degrees and earn an average salary of $97,520.

For additional information search the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh.

About the Program

Students can earn an Associate of Science in natural science, which prepares them to transfer to a university to major in a scientific field.

Students explore through labs, hands-on classes and extracurricular opportunities, such as the COM Science Club.

Students take classes such as Stars and Galaxies, Solar System, University Physics 1 and 2, Applied Physics, and College Physics 1 and 2.

Students gain marketable skills in:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  • Teamwork

How to Begin

  1. Apply to COM at www.com.edu/apply.
  2. First-time college students: Attend a New Student Orientation before registering. Transfer students: Meet with an advisor before registering.
  3. Register for classes at www.com.edu/register.