Stranger Than We Think

Make a career breakthrough by studying physics at Inver Hills

Werner Heisenberg
Werner Heisenberg
Werner Heisenberg, a pathfinder in the science of quantum mechanics (a subject for another day), won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933. Many people know that Heisenberg went on to become the alter ego of Breaking Bad’s “Walter White,” but he is also famous for a number of insightful quotes, including: “Not only is the universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”
Modern physicists might slow down to agree with Heisenberg, but that doesn’t stop them from racing to solve dozens of high-level problems as mainstream as the Theory of Everything and as obscure as sonoluminescence.¹
Physics is often defined as the fundamental natural science driven by the essential questioning nature of humankind. That drive is not confined to abstract results. Physicists and their discoveries have contributed trillions of dollars to the global economy through keystone developments in the areas of lasers, telecommunications, television, computers, domestic appliances, nuclear power, industrialization, the World Wide Web and much, much more.

Why Physics at Inver Hills?

When you take physics courses at Inver, one thing you won’t be is a blip on your professor’s radar. You will receive direct instruction from our physics faculty while getting hands-on experience through lab exercises and classroom presentations. You can complete up to five courses ranging from Descriptive Astronomy to Calculus Based Physics—and get a running start at earning your four-year degree. Attending a top community college like Inver allows you to save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt.²
As a physics student at Inver, you will explore topics at the core of a discipline dating to Sumerian astronomers watching the sky more than 4,000 years ago. Topics critical to any physics career path include:

  • Our solar system
  • Galaxies
  • Cosmology
  • Motion
  • Heat
  • Sound
  • Gravity
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Light
  • Mechanics
  • Fluids

Take a quantum leap in pay

PhysicsAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physicists and astronomers earned a median salary nationwide of nearly $110,000/year in 2014. The median wage for all workers was just over $35,000 a year.
ISEEK reports that physicists in Minnesota make more than $62/hour. Top earners bring home more than $87/hour. The employment outlook is also impressive. Between 2012 and 2022, the employment change is projected at 20.2 percent, or well above the statewide average.

Neils Bohr
Neils Bohr
Physicists are instrumental in a number of industries and sectors, including research and development, engineering, IT, aerospace, environmental science, energy, telecommunications, health care, manufacturing and defense.
If you’re looking for a way to describe physics on its most elemental level, you can probably stop with this quote from the Danish genius and 1922 Nobel prizewinner, Niels Bohr:
“A physicist is just an atom’s way of looking at itself.”

To learn more about Physics at Inver Hills, contact:

Scott Johnson
Physics Faculty
Office: Science Building Room 112
Admissions Team
College Center
¹ Why do imploding bubbles in a liquid emit salvos of light when agitated by sound?
² Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills cost a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.

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