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.


Next steps

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.

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Last Updated: 12/15/22