Department Chairperson: Dr. Jeffrey Jankowski
The Physics Department is dedicated to providing a challenging and supportive environment for students to: i) learn physical principles, analytical skills and laboratory methods; and ii) develop their critical thinking and communication skills through course and laboratory work and through collaborative learning and research.
Physics is the science which deals with nature at its most fundamental level. Much of the theoretical framework of chemistry, engineering and even biology is provided by discoveries made by physicists.
Courses recommended for all Physics majors include CHM 141 , CSC 150 , MTH 300 and MTH 315 . Additional coursework in mathematics and computer science is highly recommended for students interested in graduate school or industrial employment. The demand for high-school physics teachers is very high; students interested in secondary education should consult a member of the education department early in the freshman year. Students interested in the dual-degree engineering program should read the Pre-Professional Programs section.
Degrees offered: B.A. and B.S.
Hooke College of Applied Sciences — The College maintains this affiliation through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area. Located nearby in Westmont, Illinois, Hooke College of Applied Sciences offers courses in microscopy and related areas in which North Central students may enroll for credit. Detailed Information is available from either the Chemistry or Physics Departments. Registration is arranged through the Office of the Registrar.