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. 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.
"We need our very best people around us now more than ever. COCC is preparing our future problem solvers. Our company is bigger, better, and stronger because of these talented, driven individuals, and we are grateful."
— Lance Gillies, CEO, EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles
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.
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