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Earn Your Physics Degree at Carroll!

With highly qualified faculty, technology-infused laboratory experience and small class sizes, Carroll’s Physics program will energize your career goals. 

Physics explores every facet of the physical world, from classical physics to modern physics and everything in between. Physicists push the boundaries of what humans can do, from rollercoasters to space flight. They observe natural phenomena and develop theories to help us understand the workings of the world. Physicists apply their knowledge to the development of innovative electronic devices. 

The Physics program at Carroll will provide you with a strong science and mathematics foundation along with outstanding problem-solving skills. It will help improve your scientific research, writing and presentation skills through capstone research projects.

Why choose Carroll for your AS in Physical Science with Physics Concentration? 

  • Smoothly transfer from our Physics track to numerous Maryland universities.
  • Immerse yourself in hands-on lab experiences and research starting from your first semester.
  • Enhance your studies using the state-of-the-art scientific apparatus we provide.

Contact Information

Program Director: Dr. Maharoof.  Email:  Phone:410-386-8280 

Let Carroll Community College’s Physics program get you started on a path towards a rewarding career.


Carroll's STEM Scholars annual program is designed for motivated high school and college students who want to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and transfer to a four-year institution after completion of their associate degree at Carroll Community College. Apply to become a STEM Scholar


Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities. 

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Sithy Maharoof

Education: Ph.D, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; BS, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Classes teaching/taught: Fundamental of Physics 1 & 2, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1, 2 & 3, Electromagnetic Theory, and Classical Mechanics

Interests: Exploring Nature, Reading

Bio: Dr. Sithy Maharoof is an Associate Professor of Physics at Carroll Community College. She also serves as the Program Director for the Associate in Physical Science degree program. In addition, she serves as a faculty advisor to the STEM Club. She taught as an adjunct faculty at Manor College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania from 2009–2013.

She received her B.S. from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and her Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She was the proud recipient of the Thomas C. Rumble Graduate Fellowship and the Graduate Professional Scholarship during her graduate studies at Wayne State University.

After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Maharoof worked as a Research Associate at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Her research interests are in structural and magnetic characteristics of nanometer-scale thin films for data storage applications.

Dr. Maharoof is also a Maryland certified physics teacher holding a secondary Teacher Certification from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has published in several peer-reviewed publications and presented her research work at numerous conferences.

Lab Sciences Staff

Ms. Tina Hahn

Science Lab Technician 1

Education: BS, University of South Carolina; AA, Howard Community College

Interests: Pet care, hiking, reading and writing

Bio: Tina has 30 years of Biotech experience at companies such as Shimazu Scientific Instruments, Cambrex (Lonza), and the Medical College of Georgia. She is a first-generation college student and a proud supporter of STEM academics at community colleges.

Ms. Ellen Sperber 

Lab Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer

Education:  MS, The American University; BS, Washington College

Interests: Cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends

Bio: MS in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology. Masters thesis was on “The Development of Anti-idiotypic monoclonal antibodies to a Tumor specific monoclonal antibody.” Taught Microbiology at Carroll Community College 2011-2012; taught Fundamentals of Biology 2016-2017; was Instructional Technician from April 2015-March 2020.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Science Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.


This program provides students with the fundamental background necessary for transfer into a four-year institution’s physics program.  Because four-year institutions vary in their requirements, Carroll Community College students are expected to check with their chosen transfer institution and consult an academic advisor at Carroll.

Because 4-year institutions vary in their requirements, Carroll Community College students are expected to check with ARTSYS and their chosen transfer institution, and to consult an academic advisor at Carroll to select courses that will transfer toward their bachelor's degree. This transfer recommendation is offered for students who have not selected a transfer destination. Most bachelor's degree institutions will accept 60 credits at transfer.

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.


Physics graduates are highly sought out by employers because of their unique problem-solving and reasoning skills and excellent numeracy skills. Physics graduates find jobs in diverse industries, including space exploration, astronomy, science research, and education, as well as in healthcare as radiation specialists and medical physicists. Starting annual salary of a B.S. physicist ranges from $45,000 to $65,000. The job growth for the field is expected to be 7% over 10 years, according a Bureau of Labor Statistics report in 2014.

To read more about the physics job prospects, please visit the American Physical Society website.

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Physics education by earning an AS degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 

What does this program cost?

Program runs for 4 semesters of full-time study, totaling 60 credits. Visit Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates. 

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Carroll physics student Becca Reimer took PHYS 111 in Fall 2015. She investigated radiation and radiation shielding for her capstone project. In Summer 2015, she was admitted to an undergraduate research program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at Central Washington University (CWU). 

“The capstone project in PHYS 111 had a great impact on my progress. I believe that communicating on a scientific level with peers and superiors was a very important skill for me to learn. This really helped me in my internship when I had to present the results of my research to the other members of my REU program and the program advisors, who were themselves professors at other universities. When I got to Frostburg, I also had to do several preliminary presentations related to my capstone project. My previous experience at Carroll assisted me in making clear and profound presentations that I could deliver with knowledge and confidence.”



Projects and Presentation

Students in Physical Sciences use authentic resources to research a broad range of topics in science, write a scientific paper and communicate their findings to an audience of peers and instructors. Students in physics classes use creativity to demonstrate laws of physics by building and constructing models and machines. 

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STEM Scholars Honors Program

Carroll's STEM Scholars honors program is designed for motivated high school and college students who want to pursue opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and transfer to a 4-year institution after completion of their Associate degree at Carroll Community College. Find more information about the STEM Scholars program.

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Real World Experience 

Students learn about real-world applications of science through year-round field trips. Examples of places visited by our students are: 

  • Physics Exploration at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia
  • Lehigh Cement Company

Other Activities and Clubs 

  • Annual Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference
  • STEM Club
  • American Chemical Society Student Chapter
  • Mole-day and Pi-day celebrations
  • STEM Day to Celebrate Maryland’s STEM Week
  • Service-Learning STEM activities for children at the annual Random House Book Fair