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Heartland Community College

Physics Information

  • Are you are curious about the world around you and interested in figuring out how matter behaves? Do you enjoy doing experiments to prove your theories? If so, physics is the perfect field of study for you. Your courses will explore mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.

    By successfully completing an associate in science degree with an emphasis in physics you will have the ability to:

    • interpret and apply basic principles and laws governing the natural world
    • perform experiments using common laboratory techniques and analyze the results
    • creatively apply mathematics to solve science-based problems
    • critically evaluate and analyze information
    • communicate scientific ideas and solutions effectively both in writing and verbally
  • The early Greeks established the first quantitative physical laws, such as Archimedes' descriptions of the principle of levers and the buoyancy of bodies in water. At Heartland, you'll explore such principles and more by doing hands-on experiments and interacting with demonstrations during class.

  • Today's physicists remain at the cutting edge of exploration in many fields. By continuing your study of physics at a four-year institution, you can prepare for employment as a researcher or technician in a wide variety of areas including:

    • Government
    • Higher Education
    • Telecommunication
    • Healthcare
    • Industrial Manufacturing

    Despite competition for traditional research jobs, prospects are good for physicists. Employment of physicists is projected to grow 8% from 2021 to 2031.*

    *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physicists and Astronomers, at

  • Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

    Associate in Science - Concentration in Physics

    If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as a physics major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Science (AS) transfer preparation program is the path for you.

Contact Us

Science Department

ICB 2400
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8672
Fax: (309) 268-7964


Jeremy McClure

Dean, STEM and Business
ICN 2021
Phone: (309) 268-8655

Brian Brennan

Associate Dean, STEM and Business
ICB 2417
Phone: (309) 268-8639

Mary Kate Schopp

Assistant Director, Science Laboratories
Phone: (309) 268-8519