Physics Program


Physics seeks to improve our understanding of the fundamental forces in the universe, matter and energy, and natural phenomena ranging from the substructure of atomic nuclei to clusters of galaxies. At ECC, the Physics Department helps students begin their educational journeys to prepare for careers in the sciences, computing, engineering, teaching, and research.

The coursework establishes an in-depth physical science-centric method of thinking and problem-solving. After completing these classes, students may transfer to a chosen four-year institution and begin junior-level classes in physics and engineering. Work with your academic advisor to develop a transfer plan customized to your interests.

ECC’s physics curriculum features close work with faculty to build a strong foundation for scientific principles and techniques. An innovative sophomore-level summer course in modern physics introduces students to special relativity, quantum mechanics, lasers, superconductors, nuclear physics, and atomic physics. The laboratory component for all physics courses provides hands-on experience with the same instruments and software at industrial and academic research facilities.

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Program Highlights

Associate Degree

Interested in Physics?

If you have a passion for understanding how things work, enjoy scientific experiments and applied mathematics, and are driven to apply this knowledge toward developing new technologies and scientific theories, you should consider a career in physics. Browse the ECC Career Coach Website for relevant data on wages, employment, and education needed for a career in engineering and physics or another field.

Planning to Transfer

Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer, or dual admissions with a university by making an appointment with an academic advisor

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Earning an Associate Degree at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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