Bachelor's programs in physics are based on an in-depth foundation of sequential coursework in science and math, while upper-division coursework provides the preparation necessary for graduate studies and/or work in industry. Multiple tracks are often available. For example, some institutions offer a specialty in applied physics or certification for high school teaching. To transfer as a junior into a bachelor's physics program students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students should be aware that because of differences among schools in the number of credits for which various courses are offered and the possible need for prerequisite courses, it may be difficult to complete an Associate in Science degree without taking more credits than will be accepted in a transfer. Students planning on a physics major should select courses in consultation with an advisor.
Be sure to consult the institution you plan on transferring to for course articulations.
Click here to see how courses at Illinois public 4-year institutions accept courses in transfer for this major.
PHY 915A: Introductory Thermal Physics, Quantum Physics and Other Topics
(4-5 semester credits)
PHY 915B: Introductory Thermal Physics NEW! (2 or more semester hours)
PHY 915C: Introductory Quantum Physics NEW! (2 or more semester hours)
Note to Institutions: The process of phasing out PHY 913 and 914 will begin in the fall as the new descriptors will be available for new submissions. No new submissions will be allowed to the PHY913 and 914 identifiers. Migration for the existing approved courses in the two identifiers will be handled through the ongoing review and through other institutional action processes. To aid in the process, IAI leadership will share these changes to the Physics major courses via the "End of Season Communication" sent to IAI contacts at the end of the spring semester. Timing on the end date of remaining courses in the PHY 913 and 914 identifiers will be determined as the process moves forward in consultation with IAI leadership and the panel members. As this is a significant change, the process will take some time
Check the worksheet
to see what courses you can take to fulfill your general education requirements
The worksheet allows you to see what courses to take to fulfill the IAI Gen. Ed. package (Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum) at any participating college or university in the State. You will find it helpful to use the major recommended general education courses shown above. You may want to print or copy a hard copy of this page.
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