Physics & Astronomy
A field like no other
Physicists and astronomers study matter, energy, and the ways they interact. They
design and conduct experiments to broaden our understanding of the forces at work
on Earth, and throughout the universe.
Studying physics at Harper prepares you to transfer to a four-year university after
receiving your associate degree. Courses taught by experienced faculty include astronomy,
chemistry, analytic geometry, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and thermal and
quantum physics and give you the in-depth knowledge to have a successful career as
a astronomer, physicist, researcher or secondary education teacher.
Harper is home to the Karl G. Henize Observatory, featuring a research-grade telescope, open to students, faculty, and the community.
Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.
The Associate in Science (AS) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete
a bachelor's degree in physics/astronomy. Speak with your advisor about the best courses
to take to meet your academic goals.
Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to
transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.
Become a licensed STEM teacher for grades 5-12
Expand diversity in the field of STEM education through the Noyce Teacher PRIDE Scholars Program that awards Harper graduates $15,000 annually for two years to complete a STEM degree at
Elmhurst University. Applications from a wide range of diverse communities are encouraged. Learn more and apply today.
Explore Physics & Astronomy Careers
Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Physics & Astronomy degree program.
Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries,
open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Physics & Astronomy Careers page.
For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact
Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.