Associate in Science (Transfer)
If you seek to understand the laws that govern the universe, the Physics program at ICC is for you. Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy. Yes, it’s complex, but you’re in great hands with ICC instructors.
students became NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)
With Physics, you concentrate on building a strong foundation in the sciences and math, with the intention of transferring to a university for completion of a bachelor’s degree. Careers you might pursue include teaching, research and development, law, business, and even the military.
Faculty who are experts in their fields teach all ICC courses. They are 100% committed to teaching so you’re ready to transfer to a university or move into your career.
Challenge yourself in ICC’s Honors Program. High-achieving students join Honors to experience sustained intellectual and social interactions with their peers.
Mechanical Engineer, Software Developer, Data Analyst, Medical Researcher, Cosmologist, Geophysicist, Computing Scientist, Teacher
If full time
4 semesters if full-time | 15-16 credits per semester
What if I attend part-time?
Our program can be completed at your pace; just plan for a longer time-to-degree.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Our STEM programs qualify for financial aid. That might include scholarships, grants, and loans. Learn more about financial assistance at ICC.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
Average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
Will I be ready to transfer?
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
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Notable Alumni: Michael Brown, Executive Director, Ecology Action Center
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Studying physics at ICC ignites a student’s mind to be curious and creative problem-solvers and researchers.Dr. Viji Varadarajan, Professor, Physics
How Do I Get Into the Physics Program?
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.