Engineering and Physics


Why study Engineering and Physics?

With a focus on problem solving and critical thinking — and stoking a general sense of curiosity about the physical world — the Engineering and Physics discipline at COCC teaches core principles through interactive learning. Teamwork is a hallmark of both programs, where students collaborate on projects, demos, and design-builds while developing essential communication skills.

"The faculty were not only excellent in their fields but were amazing as teachers — something that's not true in every higher academic setting."

Kelsey Harpham, project manager, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Set in the College's state-of-the-art Science Center, students can access inspiring academic resources, including advanced lab equipment, glass-walled conference rooms, and cutting-edge educational research. Guest speakers and field trips to local firms and companies add real-world texture to the coursework.

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Program-Specific Information

Students pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career can choose from either an Associate of Science degree with an engineering emphasis or an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree with a focus on physics. Recent data shows that 95% of COCC students have passed the industry-standard Fundamentals of Engineering exam through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying — the national average is in the 60-70% range.

Unique Features




Career minded Engineering and Physics student soldering a circuit board

Explore career paths in Engineering and Physics.

Career Paths in Engineering and Physics


Kelsey Harpham

Hear from Engineering and Physics students and graduates.

Student and Alumni Stories


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Learn about faculty backgrounds and expertise.

Faculty Profiles


Science Department
Department Directory

Carol Higginbotham
Department Chair

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