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Natural Sciences: Physics Concentration

Natural Sciences: Physics Concentration

Do you like to investigate how things work? Are you curious about space, energy, transportation, medicine, structural design, technology, climate and the environment, financial matters, sports or even gaming? Physics plays an integral role in nearly every major career path. With an Associate of Science degree from Genesee Community College in Liberal Arts Natural Science with a concentration in Physics you will have taken the first step toward any of these diverse career paths. 

GCC’s coursework in physics, chemistry and mathematics will provide the skills and knowledge needed to investigate and understand the laws of the universe and is the route to many different dynamic professions. Successful completion of an associate in science degree allows you to continue your studies as a third year student in any SUNY four-year college or university or transfer to a private institution.

Career Opportunities

In New York State, the average annual wage for an occupation in physics is $72,390 for entry level workers and $152,210 for experienced workers. Among the many careers that can begin with a foundation in physics from GCC:

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Air traffic controller
  • Analysts (multiple fields)
  • Architect
  • Astronomer
  • Audio engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Climatologist 
  • Clinical scientist
  • Drilling engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Energy & utilities manager 
  • Energy assessor
  • Energy consultant
  • Energy engineer
  • Engineering geologist 
  • Environmental safety engineer
  • Geophysicist 
  • Hazardous waste assessor
  • Hydrologist 
  • Lab assistant
  • Laser engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Mining engineer
  • Nuclear engineer  
  • Oil broker 
  • Optical engineer 
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Physical sciences technician 
  • Piping specialist
  • Professor / teacher
  • Researcher
  • Sustainability officer
  • Systems engineer 
  • Test engineer 

Why GCC?

19:1 – As a ratio, that is the average number of students in class to each GCC faculty member. That means small classes and plenty of one-on-one instruction. GCC also offers free tutoring to help students individually in areas of specific need. Additionally, state-of-the-art technology has always been a priority at GCC—from the science labs to the new Food Processing Technology lab, the outdoor Nature Trail to the dozens of online databases at the library.  There are also smart classrooms and WiFi connections across all campus locations, and 26 open-access computer labs.

Finally, GCC is friendly and prides itself on being flexible and accessible. Classes are offered day and night at seven campus locations, and each semester more than 100 courses are offered online. There are also nine different academic sessions in a year, allowing you to create a course schedule that accommodates employment or family care responsibilities. 

Transfer Opportunities

With an A. S. degree and a concentration in Physics from GCC, you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 colleges and universities. GCC’s science program was developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree as a freshman and sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. This saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition.

In addition, GCC has transfer, articulation and dual degree agreements with many private colleges and universities such as:

  • Niagara University
  • Medaille College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Paul Smith’s College