Physics is the science of matter and its motion – the science that deals with concepts such as force, energy, mass and charge. As an experimental science, the goal in understanding physics is to understand the natural world. In one form or another, physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines; through its modern subfield of astronomy, it may be the oldest of all. Advances in physics often translate to the technological sector, and sometimes influence the other sciences, as well as mathematics and philosophy.
The physics program at Oxnard College offers two associate degrees: the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. The courses in this program may prepare students for technician-level jobs or university transfer to Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree programs in physics.