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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Physics

The Degree

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 areas such as consulting, teaching, or research and development. 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 necessary for competing at an upper level college or university.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

The Experience

FLCC features small class sizes and personal attention. The faculty is 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 along with modern labs, technical equipment, and state-of-the-art computers.

FLCC's 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 four-year institutions* such as:

  • The University of Rochester
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Buffalo, and Geneseo
  • Keuka College
  • St. John Fisher College

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. For more information, visit the FLCC scholarships page or you can contact the financial aid office.

The Faculty

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

Leonard Ortenzi has built a reputation on doing things with a more hands-on teaching approach inside the classroom. Instead of presenting a series of lectures, he 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 U.S. schools and NASA by having science educators offer workshops and informational lectures at their local schools.

After completing his master's degree in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University, Sam Samanta earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Maine where his doctoral dissertation was on "Phase Diagram for Submonolayer of Te on Ni (111) Surface." Samanta continued his research work as a post-doctoral fellow at Montana State University and at Colorado School of Mines, before beginning his teaching career at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. One of Samanta's passions is a lab-science class he created based on Fractals and Chaos Theory. 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 a dozen faculty members across FLCC collaborated.