Physics, Physical Science & Geology

The physical sciences department fosters student success by providing a high quality, active and diverse learning environment in physics, physical science and the geological sciences.

We endeavor to provide a subject-centered learning environment that will challenge students to think critically, communicate clearly and use information effectively. Courses offered can be used to fulfill the science requirements for the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Science degree, various technical programs and the four-year transfer module.

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Successful completion of an Associate of Science with an emphasis in physics, geology, or physical sciences may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations. Below are examples, some of which may include additional degree work at a transfer institution. Northeast Ohio median salaries in 2020 for a geological technician was $69,930 and for a biochemist and biophysicist was $72,380. See O*Net OnLine for additional wage and employment trends as well as required knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Geological technician
  • Atmospheric, earth, marine and space science teachers
  • Water/wastewater engineers
  • Physicist
  • Astronomer
  • Archeologist
  • Adapted physical education specialist
  • Biochemist and biophysicist
  • Atmospheric and space scientist
  • Helpers - Extraction worker

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Astronomy, geology, physical sciences, and physics classes are held in spacious and well-equipped laboratories that have the latest tools and equipment. Our facilities and curriculum are designed for students pursuing careers in a physical sciences area, engineering, or health technologies and our courses are taught by faculty who bring a broad array of experiences to the classroom. Classrooms and learning spaces contain:

  • An observatory with a large telescope
  • An in-class planetarium
  • Microscopes
  • Fossils, minerals and rocks, and microscope slides of these and other items
  • Updated motion sensors, computers, optic benches, electron charge-to-mass ration system, and more

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Students interested in a physical science, engineering or related health technology field; transfer; or general sciences are encouraged to get involved:

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Layce Artman I graduated with my associate degree from Lakeland while at the same time graduating as Valedictorian from high school. I plan to attend the Holden University Center to complete my bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Layce Artman College Credit Plus

Michelle Timms One thing I really love about Lakeland and being in the honors program is that the teachers have small classes and they are very devoted to their students. My friends at four-year institutions are taking the same intro classes that I am, but in large lecture halls with a lot more students. Michelle Timms Associate of Arts

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