Physics Transfer Program

The Physics program is a transfer program that is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and ICCB. The program provides the standard foundations of physics principles, which include motion, electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity and quantum theory. Students use state of the art equipment such as LABQUEST analytical devices for data handling. In addition, the program emphasizes “hands on “analytical laboratory experiments that depict real world situations. At the end of the program, students will have earned an AS.


The mission of the Physics program is to prepare students for a seamless transfer into a four-year institution to earn a BS or higher degree in analytical or theoretical Physics that will enable them to be productive members of society.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Students will learn how to use units and measurements to solve conversion problems.
  • Students will be able to apply concepts of kinematics and dynamics to solve problems involving motion.
  • Students will apply laws of thermodynamics, temperature, heat, buoyancy, Electric field potential, Magnetic field, and light to solve various simple and complex problems. Also, they will apply these concepts to real world problems.
  • Students will utilize concepts of Magnetic Field and forces to solve problems involving Electromagnetic Induction and wave.
  • Students will perform and take data on standard and complexed physics experiments, analyze the obtained data to write a laboratory report describing the procedure, result and a brief conclusion.

Recommended AS Transfer Curriculum for Physics

This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credit hours in transfer to fulfill requirements in physics. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and programs. Peruse some of the offerings in the Physical Sciences Department.

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Minimum General Education (47)

Communications (9) Semester Hours
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9) 9
Select from Group II 9
Social and Behavioral Science (9) 9
Select from Group III 9
Mathematics (5) 5
MTH 190 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
Physical and Life Science (8-9) 8-9
Physical Science class
Life Science class
Area of Concentration/Electives (18-25)
PHY 210 University Physics I 4
PHY 211 University Physics II 4
PHY 212 University Physics III 4
MTH 203 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MTH 203 is a required prerequisite to the junior level Physics courses at four-year institutions.
MTH 204
MTH 205
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
Differential Equations
MTH 204 and 205 are required prerequisites to the junior level Physics courses at four-year institutions.
The selected electives listed above may satisfy the additional Math and Physical or Life Science courses required for the AS.
Minimum for AS Degree 62