Welcome to SMC's Physics Program

We offer a wide variety of transferable courses in classical and modern physics, with several course sequences designed specifically for different audiences, including general education students, life science majors, and engineering/physical science majors.

Physicists study matter, energy, and the relationships between them, and devise methods to apply laws and theories of physics to industry, medicine, and other fields. Some career titles include acoustic physicist, astrophysicist, engineer, satellite data analyst, and medical or nuclear physicist.

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Currently, there are no degrees or certificates offered in this discipline at Santa Monica College. Most students should plan to transfer to a four-year institution to continue their education toward a degree in this discipline. Transferring students who wish to qualify for an Associate degree before leaving Santa Monica College should discuss their plans with a Counselor before selecting classes.

Potential Physics Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Doctoral Degree or More
Natural Sciences Managers Bachelor Degree
Nuclear Engineers Bachelor Degree
Biochemist and Biophysicists Doctoral Degree or More
Physicists Doctoral Degree or More
Astronomers Doctoral Degree or More
Atmospheric and Space Scientists Bachelor Degree
Materials Scientists Doctoral Degree or More
Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians Associate Degree
Nuclear Monitoring Technicians Doctoral Degree or More
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Doctoral Degree or More

 Resources for Physics Students