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Looking to explore the fundamental laws of the universe? The Associate of Science degree in Physics from Wharton County Junior College is right for you. Our program offers a comprehensive education in the principles of physics, developing critical thinking, and problem solving that will prepare you to transfer to a four-year school. Earn transferable credits at a cheaper price. Apply today!

Program Details

Learn more about our physics program and find course descriptions in the WCJC Catalog.
Studying full-time, you can complete our physics degree in two years. As part of the program, you will take a variety of math and science courses, which will give you a strong foundation in the fundamental principles of STEM. The program will thoroughly prepare you with the skills and confidence needed for a smooth transition to a four-year university. If you plan to transfer, meet with an academic advisor to ensure you enroll in the proper courses to meet your requirements before registering for classes.

Our physics program is designed for students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university. With a Bachelor of Science in Physics, you have a wide range of career opportunities, including: 

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Geoscientist
  • Calibration Technologist or Technician
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Nuclear Monitoring Technician
  • Data Science

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Meet the Faculty

Rocio Doherty, PhD

Department Head, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering

Dr. Rocio Doherty earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Monterrey Tech in Mexico and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.  She has worked in several companies in both Mexico and the U.S. She has worked as a senior chemist, lab manager, and process engineer in the polymers, cement and concrete, environmental, and oil and gas fields. Doherty has 17 years of college-level teaching and content development experience. She teaches general chemistry and organic chemistry.

Office: Sugar Land Campus, Brazos Hall 217
Phone: (281) 243-8550

Rafay Anwar, PhD

Physics Instructor
Dr. Rafay Anwar earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Houston. Before joining WCJC, Anwar taught at UT-Permian Basin as an assistant professor. He is currently teaching College Physics I/II and University Physics I/II. He has also taught Modern Physics, as well as Core Mathematics.

Office: Richmond Campus, 140F
Phone: (281) 239-1558

Xuan Wu, PhD

Physics and Engineering Instructor

Dr. Xuan Wu received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lamar University.  She is currently teaching College Physics I/II, University Physics I/II, Introduction to Engineering, and Engineering Mechanics - Statics.

Office: Sugar Land Campus, Brazos Hall 248B
Phone: (281) 243-8592

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