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Program Overview

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Blue River
MCC-Longview, D.J. Box, 816.604.2465
MCC-Maple Woods
MCC-Penn Valley


The study of physics has given us our technological world as well as uncovered secrets of our natural world. Physicists study the fundamental laws of nature and interactions of systems. Their work can involve the smallest subatomic particles or the largest galaxies.

Physicists have an amazing number of challenging, exciting and productive career choices open to them. Their work can involve astronomy, computers, earth sciences, medicine, lasers, optics, aerospace, atomic physics, lasers and optics, electricity and magnetism, classical and quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and much more.

Physicists may be researchers, technicians, teachers or managers in government, industry, schools and private organizations.

To get started on your physics education, you can choose from several MCC physics courses, including general physics, astronomy and engineering physics.

Our physics program is built around the Associate in Arts (AA) degree. This degree gives you a solid background in general education courses that can transfer to a four-year institution. It also allows 17 hours of elective courses that let you home in on your specific physics interests.

Transfer Credits

While MCC does not offer a degree in this field, these lower division (freshman/sophomore level) courses move with you to a four year college or university and depending on your chosen major may apply toward your degree or as an elective. Check with your transfer school and your MCC academic advisor for the most accurate and timely transfer information.