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Studying the physical and life sciences will not only prepare you for a career in the medical or research field, but will help you understand the science behind life forms from the smallest of atoms to humans to the largest of animals.

Harper college offers many degree and certificate programs in biology, chemistry, kinesiology, physical sciences and more. Courses allow you to save money, are easily transferable, and cover diverse topics. The programs are designed to prepare you to continue your education at a four-year university. 

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Take transfer-ready courses. Harper College is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement designed to help Illinois college students transfer easily.

By completing two years at Harper and transferring to a four-year school, you can save more than $18,000 in tuition and fees.

 

Explore our programs

Harper College offers a number of physical and life science career and transfer programs. To get started, select one of the program areas below:

Interested in another subject? If you are interested in transferring to study a science-related subject not listed here, please meet with an academic advisor to learn what courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Get the latest news on science programs at Harper College.

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Mitch Ryba

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Harper 2021 graduates hold diplomas

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UIUC Student Max Mauschbaugh

UIUC Student Max Mauschbaugh

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Max Mauschbaugh, a 19-year-old sophomore at UIUC, took advantage of the remote learning environment to take his physics class at Harper this spring. ... Read More

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Katie Ruiz and son Dante

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Harper College student Katie Ruiz has been the epitome of perseverance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read More

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Screenshot of recipient Keely McEnery talking during virtual reception

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The Harper College Educational Foundation's HOPE Giving Circle recently awarded $10,000 scholarships to four impressive students during the group’s first virtual celebration.... Read More

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Timothy Banks and Faraz Uddin

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While many may equate educational research projects with large, four-year universities, Harper College was home to its own research project this year. Tim Banks, a data scientist with Nielsen, worked with two Harper students... Read More

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Get Started

To get started, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.

Last Updated: 11/10/21