Offered Only at Main Campus
This area of concentration provides a foundation for students interested in physics. It is suitable for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in order to pursue a baccalaureate degree or advanced degrees in physics. The curriculum establishes the necessary foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry.
Students who take the courses recommended in the physics focus area will be able to:
- use and understand the facts, concepts, and theories of physics.
- use the scientific process and describe the development of scientific ideas.
- employ analytic and problem-solving skills.
- draw inferences from observations and synthesize and integrate information and ideas.
- use higher-order thinking skills in applying learned principles to new problems and real-world situations.
- be successful in upper-level physics courses.
The physics focus area graduate has two major options:
- transfer to a four-year institution and complete a baccalaureate degree in physics or a biological science and find employment in a variety of fields.
- transfer to a four-year institution in a pre-professional or professional program and develop a career in bioengineering, chiropractic, clinical laboratory technology, dentistry, education, medicine, occupational or physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, plant pathology, or veterinary medicine.
Preparation for IHCC:
Prospective students should have a strong background in mathematics, science, writing, and reading skills. At least one year of high school chemistry, one year of high school geometry, two years of high school algebra, and four years of high school English are highly recommended.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the physics program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor and the science faculty at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements. Students should also consider working toward the Associate of Science degree at IHCC, which requires 30 semester credits in mathematics and science.