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One of the oldest academic disciplines, physics is the study of matter and its relationships with space, time, energy, and force. Simply put, physicists analyze nature to understand how the universe works.

Why study physics at Inver Hills?

Explore and learn on the frontiers of science and technology.

Physics has often stepped up as the breakthrough science leading to major technological advances that contribute trillions of dollars to the global economy.

Where would the world be without physics?

The work of physicists, including mind-boggling investigations of quantum mechanics, spurred the development of lasers, telecommunications, television, computers, domestic appliances, nuclear power, industrialization, the World Wide Web, and even calculus.

Build the awesome skill set of a physicist.

As a physics student at Inver Hills, you will learn how to analyze complex problems while developing the solid quantitative understanding you can apply to any technical field in academia, government agencies, branches of the military, research institutions, and the corporate world.

Choose from an amazing array of leading-edge careers.

Studying physics can land you on the path to any number of research careers in fields such as astrophysics, astronomy, cosmology, particle physics, atomic physics, photonics, renewable energy, quantum information science, materials development, biophysics, and medical physics.

Our physics coursework gets you anywhere you need to go.

Physics is the science of how and why. To get the answers they seek, physicists need to have a robust, interdisciplinary foundation. We offer courses in Descriptive Astronomy, Descriptive Physics, Algebra & Trig Based Physics, and Calculus Based Physics.

Consider the viewpoint of a real-life physicist.

Brian Greene, American theoretical physicist, is world-renowned for his work on string theory. Greene nailed the inherent wonder of physics when he said, “Assessing existence while failing to embrace the insights of modern physics would be like wrestling in the dark with an unknown opponent.”


Physicists study all that matters about matter.

Employment opportunities for physicists and professionals in the physical sciences are found at government agencies, research institutes, and industry. The latter includes petroleum, natural gas, construction, and mining companies as well as environmental management and consulting firms.

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