Physics
Why pursue a degree in physics at North Central College?
Physicists study the universe and everything in it, from the very small (quantum) to the very large (cosmology). A physics major explores the basic principles that govern matter, energy and their interactions. Physics majors are prepared for a variety of roles in all areas of physics, materials science, data science, computation, and even broader fields such as engineering or finance. At North Central College, faculty are committed to helping students develop a broad range of applicable skills. With close proximity to both Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories, students have opportunities to work with worldclass scientists at worldclass facilities, as well as valuable networking opportunities. North Central’s physics program prepares students for graduate school as well as careers at laboratories, educational institutions and a variety of private sector environments.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN
 Developing theories based on observation and experimentation
 Conducting research around physical phenomena
 Devising methods to apply physical laws and theories
then a degree in PHYSICS might be for you.
Why study physics at North Central College?
In the Classroom
Coursework topics:
 Advanced Laboratory
 Advanced Topics, including
 Astrophysics
 Cosmology
 Elementary Particles
 Quantum Computing
 Solid State Physics
 Calculus
 Classical Mechanics
 Electricity and Magnetism
 Electronics
 LabVIEW Interfacing
 Mathematical and Computational Methods
 Oscillation and Waves
 Quantum Mechanics
 Special Relativity
 Statistical Physics
 Thermodynamics
Beyond the Classroom
As a physics major, you can:
 Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
 Obtain laboratory training in electrical and optical measurements, analog and digital electronics, and advanced experimental physics.
 Gain valuable work experience through an internship at a nearby corporate or government research laboratory, such as Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. or Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont, Ill.
 Present your research findings at North Central’s own Rall Symposium and summer colloquium as well as local, regional, and national conferences.
Physics, Professional Track, B.S.
For additional programs and courses in this department, see
Electives
One of the following:

PHYS 420  Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS 420  Electromagnetic Theory

PHYS 490  Topics
PHYS 490  Topics
300 or 400level Physics
Four additional credit hours of Physics at the 300 or 400level, not including
Required Support Courses

CSCE 160  Introduction to Computer Programming
CSCE 160  Introduction to Computer Programming

ENGR 120  Engineering Calculations
ENGR 120  Engineering Calculations

MATH 151  Calculus I
MATH 151  Calculus I

MATH 152  Calculus II
MATH 152  Calculus II

MATH 253  Calculus III
MATH 253  Calculus III
One of the following:

MATH 255  Linear Algebra and Differential Equation
MATH 255  Linear Algebra and Differential Equation

MATH 300  Linear Algebra
MATH 300  Linear Algebra
Physics, Interdisciplinary Track, B.S.
For additional programs and courses in this department, see
Electives
Six additional credit hours in Physics at the 300 or 400level, not including
Second Major or Minor
Completion of a second major or minor in a discpline, preapproved by the department.
Required Support Courses

CSCE 160  Introduction to Computer Programming
CSCE 160  Introduction to Computer Programming

ENGR 120  Engineering Calculations
ENGR 120  Engineering Calculations

MATH 151  Calculus I
MATH 151  Calculus I

MATH 152  Calculus II
MATH 152  Calculus II

MATH 253  Calculus III
MATH 253  Calculus III
One of the following:

MATH 255  Linear Algebra and Differential Equation
MATH 255  Linear Algebra and Differential Equation

MATH 300  Linear Algebra
MATH 300  Linear Algebra
Physics Minor
For additional programs and courses in this department, see
A minimum of 36 credit hours, including:
Introductory Classical Physics
One of the following Physics sequences:

PHYS 131  Physics I (NonCalculus)
PHYS 131  Physics I (NonCalculus)

PHYS 132  Physics II (NonCalculus)
PHYS 132  Physics II (NonCalculus)

PHYS 161  Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHYS 161  Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

PHYS 162  Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics
PHYS 162  Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics
or
Introductory Quantum Physics
One of the following:

PHYS 263  Physics III: Quantum Physics
PHYS 263  Physics III: Quantum Physics

CHEM 345  Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
CHEM 345  Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Experimental and Advanced Physics
Eight credit hours to include:
One of the following:

PHYS 200  Electronic Instrumentation for Scientists
PHYS 200  Electronic Instrumentation for Scientists

PHYS 264  Experimental Quantum Physics
PHYS 264  Experimental Quantum Physics
At least one of the following:

PHYS 300  Computational Mechanics
PHYS 300  Computational Mechanics

PHYS 320  Physics of Solids
PHYS 320  Physics of Solids

PHYS 340  Thermal Physics I
PHYS 340  Thermal Physics I

PHYS 341  Statistical Physics
PHYS 341  Statistical Physics

PHYS 405  Data Acquisition with LabVIEW
PHYS 405  Data Acquisition with LabVIEW

PHYS 410  Advanced Experimental Physics
PHYS 410  Advanced Experimental Physics

PHYS 420  Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS 420  Electromagnetic Theory

PHYS 440  Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 440  Quantum Mechanics
Required Support Courses

CSCE 160  Introduction to Computer Programming
CSCE 160  Introduction to Computer Programming

MATH 151  Calculus I
MATH 151  Calculus I

MATH 152  Calculus II
MATH 152  Calculus II

MATH 253  Calculus III
MATH 253  Calculus III
Physics Internships and Jobs
A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.
Internship
Recent graduates in physics have interned at:
 Argonne National Laboratory, near Lemont, IL
 Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL
Graduate Schools
Recent graduates in physics have been accepted to graduate study programs at:
 University of Minnesota
 University of New Mexico
 Vanderbilt University
 University of Tennessee
 University of IllinoisChicago
Careers
Recent graduates in our physics program are employed as:
 Scientist, Computer Sciences Corporation
 Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory
 Physicist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
 Physics teacher, Hinsdale Central High School
 Physics teacher, CretinDerham High School, St. Paul, MN
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