Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, and has been said to be the most basic and fundamental science. Challenging our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, it leads to great discoveries — computers and lasers just a couple of these — that truly change our lives.

Increasingly, physicists are turning their talents to molecular biology, biochemistry and biology itself. Even medicine has a niche for physicists, and since medical physicists are hard to come by, they are much in demand.

NMC’s Physics Program courses will help enable you to work in many different and interesting places — in industrial and government labs, on college campuses — perhaps even the astronaut corps. In addition, many physics students leave the lab behind and work in communications, in government, and even on Wall Street — places where their problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are great assets.

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Course Descriptions

Program Requirements

NMC Code 717

Students planning on transferring to complete a bachelor’s degree in Physics will pursue course work which includes credits selected from courses listed here. These students should choose Physics 221, 222, with Calculus I, II, & III, Differential Equations, and General Chemistry I & II.

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Tuition and Fees

General Academic Programs

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Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$122.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$261.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$340.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$383.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies:

Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

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Fundamentals of Light & lasers

There is a demand nationally for photonics technicians, positions offering high paying careers in manufacturing, health care, environmental monitoring, homeland security, telecommunications, aerospace and other fields.

Light & Laser Fundamentals introduces the elements of a laser, operation of a helium-neon gas laser, laser physics, optical cavities, properties of laser light and a survey of laser systems. Safety procedures concerning lasers and related equipment also are presented in this course.

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