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Gadsden State Community College

Physics Department

Physics is the study of the Universe. The knowledge of Physics gives you the tools to understand how things work and how they relate to one another. Physics is the most fundamental of all sciences and in reality gives us the underlying principles that explain all sciences and engineering. The goal of Gadsden State's Physics Department is to provide a full University level treatment of sophomore physics, focusing on classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism. All courses are transferable to any four-year institution in the state. Physics at Gadsden State is especially advantageous because of small class size and a real focus on assisting students with this more difficult material. - Dr. L. Neal Tharp


Dr. Brian Geislinger

Gadsden State Community College
Browder Hall, Room 206
1001 George Wallace Drive
Gadsden, AL 35903
Phone:  256-549-8434 

Physics Courses Offered

PHY 201 General Physics I Trig Based
PHY 202 General Physics II Trig Based
PHY 213 General Physics with Calculus I
PHY 214 General Physics with Calculus I

The detailed requirements for each of the programs and transfer guides offered through the Division of Science are found in the Gadsden State Catalog and Student Handbook. You may view the college catalog by going to It is recommended that you review the information published in the Catalog, and that you research the STARS program on the Web at to ensure that your planned curriculum will meet the requirements of the four-year college(s) that you may be considering for transfer upon completion of your requirements at Gadsden State.