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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Physics

The Degrees

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

Your childhood dreams include traveling in space, designing a new mode of travel, or harnessing a new energy source. Perhaps you are fascinated by acoustics, engineering or meteorology. The options for Physics majors are extensive. After pursuing your baccalaureate degree, you can pursue careers in consulting, teaching, research and development in your specific area of study or plan on graduate school. The choices are up to you!

The Program

The physics program provides you with a strong science and mathematics foundation with laboratory and hands-on activities that enhance your understanding and knowledge. Creative thinking and problem solving activities are integrated into the classroom providing you with the skills needed to compete at an upper level college or university. FLCC students have successfully transferred to SUNY Institutions, Syracuse, Cornell, the University of Rochester, RIT, and other colleges across the country.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

The Experience

Finger Lakes features small classes and personal attention. Your faculty are genuinely interested in you and your success. Along with 20 or so classmates you will bring theory to application. You will expand your knowledge and embrace new opportunities. You will work in collaborative teams as well as independently. The college has all the tools you need to succeed, modern labs and technical equipment, state of the art computers.

Our newly reconfigured Honors program and classes provide you with the option of taking enhanced classes, pursuing unique projects, and probing further into the field with special courses. Successfully completing Honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

The Graduates

Graduates successfully transfer to such four-year institutions as the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, Buffalo, and Geneseo, in addition to Keuka, St. John Fisher Colleges and other institutions across the country.*

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. All you need to know can be found at

The Faculty

The two full-time faculty in physics bring different perspectives to the classroom. Their enthusiasm for the field is infectious.

Leonard Ortenzi has built a reputation for doing things a little bit differently. Instead of presenting a series of lectures, the 20-year instructor prefers to capture his student's attention by showing them the wonders of science first-hand. So while other professors are explaining the physics of weight distribution and the nature of sound waves, Ortenzi is taking a nap on a bed of nails and shattering wine glasses with high frequency sound energy. His sometimes unorthodox teaching techniques make him a popular instructor on campus, and have helped him land a spot as one of NASA's Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers. The NEAT program, as it is known, was created to strengthen the bonds between US schools and NASA by having science educators offer workshops and informational lectures at their local schools.

After getting Master's degree in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University, Sam Samanta earned Ph. D. in physics at University of Maine where his doctoral dissertation was on "Phase Diagram for Submonolayer of Te on Ni(111) Surface." Samanta continued research work as a post-doctoral fellow at Montana State University and at Colorado School of Mines, before beginning teaching career at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. One of Samanta's passions is a lab-science class he created based on Fractals, Chaos Theory, and Self-Organized Criticality -- unique among the undergraduate institutions. Samanta has taught all physics courses, including Modern Physics, the calculus based third physics course. He designed and taught "Dualities across Disciplines," an honors seminar course in which more than dozen faculty members across the college collaborated. Team-taught Multidisciplinary honors seminar courses: "Transformation of Myth," "Dynamics of Discovery," and "Ways of Knowing."