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:
- Higher Education
- 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 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/physicists-and-astronomers.htm.
Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:
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.