Department Chair: Chad Landrie, 847.376.7439,

The following pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Physics after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department chair. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
MAT 250 Calculus I 5
BIO 121 General College Biology I 4
CHM 121 General College Chemistry I 4
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
MAT 251 Calculus II 4
PHY 221 General Physics I 5
Select one Modern Language (2021 or higher) 2 4
or another Humanities course 3
Second Year
Semester One
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
MAT 252 Calculus III 4
PHY 222 General Physics II 5
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course 3 3
Semester Two
PHY 223 Modern Physics 4
CSC 170 Introduction to Numerical Methods 2
Select one (concurrent with CSC 170): 1
C++ Programming for Engineers  
FORTRAN Programming for Engineers  
Java Programming for Engineers  
Select one of the following: 3-4
General College Chemistry II  
Introduction to Linear Algebra  
Ordinary Differential Equations  
Fundamentals of Nanotechnology I  
Fundamentals of Nanotechnology II  
Select one Fine Arts course 3 3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course (select a discipline not taken previously) 3 3
 Total Hours63-64

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Science (A.S.) page for degree requirements.