Physical Sciences

Physical Sciences Department

The TMCC Physical Sciences department offers first and second year college courses in Astronomy, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, and Physics. All of these courses transfer to universities and are necessary for a wide variety of science-based programs and degrees. They also provide non-science majors with the fundamentals for lifelong learning and responsible decision making.

Why take classes through the TMCC Physical Sciences department?

TMCC's Physical Sciences instructors are highly qualified individuals who bring field experience and research expertise to the classroom. Many of the full-time faculty hold doctorates and are affiliated with a number of national organizations.

At TMCC, class sizes are purposefully kept small with no more than 30 students per instructor. In addition, the same instructor runs lecture and laboratory sections. As a result, students are sure to receive one-on-one personal attention from the instructor.

The Physical Sciences department provides state-of-the-art technology in all of its courses. Highlights of this technology include a new Global Positioning System, multiple telescopes, and computer-assisted data acquisition instruments in all the laboratories.

Career Opportunities in Physical Sciences

Many of the physical sciences are fundamental sciences; that is, all other sciences are based on these few core areas. A sound background in the physical sciences is necessary and often required by many programs, such as nursing and dental hygiene. This knowledge is also required for people interested in pursuing careers in medicine, biotechnology, engineering, environmental and fire sciences, and other fields.

A two-year Associate's degree is available for Environmental Sciences. Program graduates may earn starting salaries upward of $15 per hour. Wages in other areas vary according to the field of interest, but starting salaries can range from $30,000 to $55,000 per year in areas such as biotechnology and engineering.


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Physical Sciences

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Boulevard, RDMT 321
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999

Telephone: 775-673-7183 or Fax: 775-674-7983

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